By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal
STARKVILLE – Johnthan Banks will be returning to Mississippi State for his senior year, the school announced Tuesday.
The junior cornerback was considering entering the NFL Draft and had received feedback from the NFL. According to Tony Pauline, a draft analyst for SI.com, Banks was given a fourth-round grade.
“I feel like a weight is lifted off my shoulders by making this announcement,” Banks said in a statement. “I’m coming back to Mississippi State to continue my development as a player and a person.”
He also wants to finish his degree.
Banks recorded five interceptions this past season, when MSU went 7-6 and beat Wake Forest in the Music City Bowl, 23-17. His 12 career interceptions are four shy of the school record, held by Walt Harris.