Zach Banner just completed his first year at USC, where he pulled double-duty as a football and basketball player. After trying his hand at being a two-sport athlete, the redshirt freshman has made a career decision to focus solely on football for the duration of his career in Troy.
The two-time high school All-American was the No. 2 offensive tackle in his recruiting class, and on the hardwood, he led his Lakes High School (Washington) basketball team to a state championship.
Banner took to Twitter on Tuesday however to announce his devotion solely to football, including a photo college of himself on National Signing Day, as well as one of him in a USC basketball uniform.
As of today I will no longer play basketball for USC. I made a personal decision that it would be… instagram.com/p/ZUGLqKljhq/
— Zach Banner (@FOE_ZB73) May 15, 2013
On Instagram where the photo is hosted, Banner continued to say, “I made a personal decision that it would be better if I focused on one Football after red shirting last year, and having only a certain amount of time left in college to get myself ready for the next level…”
He then went on to say that his main focus is getting on the field as soon as he can, because he ultimately dreams of pursuing a career in the NFL. Banner also made it clear that this decision was his, and not influenced by anyone.
“This wasn’t a decision by coaches, nor was it anyone else. It was mine alone,” he wrote.
Banner concluded the post saying that he is grateful to have had the opportunity to play basketball and football at the school of his choice, but that going forward, he will spend the remainder of his athletic career in Troy on the gridiron.