Sevyn Banks, a two-year starter at cornerback for Ohio State, has been added to the LSU football roster, head coach Brian Kelly announced on Tuesday.
Banks, who recently completed his fourth season at Ohio State, will join the Tigers following the spring semester.
A native of Orlando, Florida, Banks appeared in 36 games with 15 starts during his four years with the Buckeyes. He capped his career at Ohio State with 43 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, 13 passes defended and a pair of interceptions. He was named honorable mention All-Big Ten honors in 2020 after leading the Buckeyes with seven pass breakups and eight passes defended.
Banks represents the 15th signee for LSU through the transfer portal, more than any other team in college football. He’s also the fifth defensive back to select the Tigers, helping to upgrade at a position with other signees Jarrick Bernard-Converse of Oklahoma State, Mekhi Garner of UL-Lafayette with Greg Brooks Jr. and Joe Foucha of Arkansas.
LSU can sign up to two more players by the May 1 deadline in order to be able to play the 2022 season.
Banks earned third-team preseason All-America honors in 2021 and was named to the watch lists for the Thorpe Award and the Nagurski Trophy last season. He appeared in nine games with six starts in 2021 and recorded eight tackles, one tackle for loss and one pass defended in helping the Buckeyes to an 11-2 overall record and a win over Utah in the Rose Bowl.
In 2020, Banks started all eight games at cornerback for the Buckeyes, helping Ohio State to the national championship game. Against Alabama in the national championship contest, he recorded a career-high seven tackles.
Banks helped the Buckeyes reach the national championship game in 2020 with four tackles, two passes defended and an interception in Ohio State’s 49-28 win over Clemson in the national semifinals.
In high school, Banks was ranked No. 58 nationally in the ESPN 300 and earned four stars from both ESPN and 247Sports. He participated in the Under Armour All-America Game as well as “The Opening”.