RIO RANCHO, N.M. — Not many student-athletes in Rio Rancho have had the opportunity to play on two state championship teams. Rio Rancho High School’s Keshawn Banks, who played on the Rams’ 2016 state basketball champ and then the 2016 state football titlist the following fall, is one of them.
He’s the stepson of an original Rams football player, Gary Allison (Class of 1999), who not only scored a touchdown in the school’s first
victory (13-6 at Tucumcari on Sept. 4, 1998), but also tallied a TD in the Rams’ first-ever District 5AAAA victory (9-6 vs. Sandia on Oct. 17, 1998); Jacinda Baker is his mother.
Now a sophomore starting defensive lineman for San Diego State, and in town for the holidays after his Aztecs whipped Central Michigan in the New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 21, Banks sat down with the Observer to talk about his D-1 experiences so far.