U-M outside looking in for OT Banner 

January, 5, 2012
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SAN ANTONIO -- Zach Banner (Lakewood, Wash./Lakes) is a walking tower at 6-foot-9 and 310 pounds. He is the bookend that will protect the blind side of his quarterbacks at Saturday’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Ask the uncommitted offensive lineman about his college choices, and he’ll give you much more than his schools of interest. Banner has USC, Oklahoma and Washington on his short list, with Michigan and Notre Dame on the outside looking in, and while he’s looking for a quality football program, he’s also focused on studying at a place considered a quality academic institution.

“I look at the graduation rate,” Banner said. “I’m not worried about my draft status or my personal status. I’m going to college for athletics, but ultimately, I’m going to get a good education.”
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