January 29, 2002

Top-100 Prospect Gives Up Football, Chooses School

Wes Bankston, rated by Team One as the 90th best overall high school senior baseball prospect in the nation this year, will sign a national letter of intent with the Texas Longhorns in April.

Bankston was also being recruited heavily by a host of college football programs. He initially planned to be a dual sport athlete in college before choosing baseball exclusively.

Bankston is a 6-3, 200-pound corner outfielder from Plano East HS just outside of Dallas. He bats and throws right-handed and hits for lots of power, runs well and has an above-average arm (he was a QB in football).

Bankston bypassed the major baseball showcase events this summer while hitting 28 home runs for the Dallas Mustangs.

In the end he chose Texas over Texas A&M, Rice and LSU.

Itís another big in-state signee for the Longhorns. Bankston makes the fifth player ranked among the nationís Top-100 overall prospects to decide on UT. All five are from Texas.

The others:
- Scott Kazmir - the nationís #1 pitching prospect and #2 overall prospect.
- Brent Clevlen- the country #3 overall CF prospect and 20th overall.
- Taylor Teagarden - the 4th ranked catcher in the USA and #32 overall.
- J. Brent Cox - 99th overall prospect and 41st on the RHP list.

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