#27 E.J. Banks
CAREER: Talented defensive back did not play during his first year at Notre Dame and will compete for playing time this fall at cornerback.
2009 (FRESHMAN): Did not see game action in 2009.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Selected as first-team all-state defensive back in 2007 as junior and first-team all-state special teams player in 2008 as senior … selected to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Fabulous 22 as well as Pittsburgh Tribune-Reviews Terrific 25 as junior and senior … high school team was 12-1 and WPIAL Class AAA state runner-up and conference champion during his junior year … rated as 139th-best overall player according to SI/TAKKLE Top 200 … ranked 135th overall player in ESPNU150 and 13th among “athletes” according to ESPN … rated 43rd-best “athlete” according to Rivals.com … named 13th best player from Pennsylvania in SuperPrep’s Pennsylvania 35 … started at quarterback and safety beginning with his freshman year … passed for more than 1,000 yards in each season, as a sophomore (1,076), junior (1,235) and senior (1,027) … threw for career-high 10 touchdowns as a senior, after throwing for six during his junior campaign and seven as a sophomore … rushed for 1,015 yards and 14 TDs as a senior and 920 yards with 10 TDs during junior season in 2007 … tallied 50 tackles and four interceptions as junior in 2007 … also participated in basketball and track in high school … one of three early enrollees at Notre Dame, joining Zeke Motta and Tyler Stockton … comes from same hometown as former three-year Irish starting quarterback Tom Clements … played for head coach Lou Cerro at Montour High School … born Jan. 31, 1991 … son of Cardelle and Edgar Banks … enrolled in College of Arts and Letters and majoring in marketing.