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OU a wildcard in Banner sweepstakes

Four-star Washington offensive lineman likes the winning tradition of the Sooners

Updated: January 5, 2012, 1:24 PM ET
By Damon Sayles | ESPN Recruiting Nation
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.

As physically imposing as Banner is, he has made a case in San Antonio as being the most intellectually imposing player, too. Banner's articulation and vocal eloquence is as impressive as his pancake blocks.