Ardell Banks - Football - University of Kentucky Athletics 87


  • position Wide Receiver
  • height 6-3
  • Weight 187
  • class Redshirt Freshman
  • Hometown Massillon, Ohio
  • High school Massillon

2023 – Freshman
• Redshirt season

High School
• A three-star prospect as evaluated by ESPN, and
• Rated nationally as the No. 35 player in Ohio by
• Totaled 43 receptions for 791 yards and 12 scores as a senior at Massillon
• Averaged 18.4 yards per catch
• Second on the team in scoring with 74 points
• Helped Massillon to a 12-2 overall record and the regional championship title in 2022
• Named first-team Division II All-Star Team by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association
• Named the team’s Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year
• Also earned a nod on the Northeast Inland All-District First Team
• As a junior, earned honorable mention All-District honors
• A three-year starter for head coach Nate Moore
• Track athlete has notched top times of 10.78 seconds in the 100-meter dash and 22.05 in the 200-meters both during the 2022 outdoor season
• Also ran the 4×100 and 4×200 relay
• Recorded a personal-best 6’0” in the high jump ad 19’2” in the long jump during the 2021 outdoor season
• Chose Kentucky over Cincinnati

• Born in Cleveland, Ohio
• Son of Nicole and Lonnie Smith
• Siblings are Nathan Banks-Watson and Dejuanna Banks-Warren
• Major is undecided

Ardell Says
• His nickname is “Dell”
• He chose Kentucky because of the environment and the love he felt
• Other than play in the NFL, his dream job is to be a CEO of a construction company
• Most people don’t know that he didn’t start playing football until his freshman year of high school
• If he could eat only one thing the rest of his life it would be his mom’s lasagna

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