Rio Rancho's Banks, Manzano's Byrd sign with SDSU | KOB 4

Rio Rancho's Banks, Manzano's Byrd sign with SDSU

Jeffery Gordon
December 20, 2017 10:13 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The Rio Rancho football team has been one of the best programs in the state the past few years with some of the top prospects in New Mexico. One of those talented players, defensive end Keshawn Banks, officially took his talents to the next level.


Banks signed his letter of intent Wednesday with the San Diego State Aztecs, where he will play under former Lobo head coach Rocky Long. Joining an up-and-coming program like SDSU was a dream come true for Banks.

"It's definitely surreal and I don't even know what to say," he said. "It's a loss for words. It's truly a blessing to know I can go to college get a free education. My mom can come out of life debt free but a bonus is playing football a sport I love, so it's definitely surreal."

Manzano's Jordan Byrd also signed to play for the Aztecs. One of the best offensive players in the state this year, Byrd helped the Monarchs win their first-ever state championship.

It gives him the chance to have New Mexico connection on the West Coast.

"It's an honor," Byrd said. "A lot of kids don't get this opportunity to sign with a D-1 school, and it's an honor, especially [to have] someone else from New Mexico to come over there with me."

The Lobo football team also had a pretty nice haul when it came to signees. Bob Davie's team added 12 players in all during the early signing period, including 10 junior college transfers.


Jeffery Gordon

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