Brian Banks was a star middle linebacker at Long Beach Polytechnic High School and had agreed to a full scholarship with the USC Trojans before his life came grumbling down. Banks was accused and eventually charged with rape of a close childhood friend in 2002, a charge she has now recanted.
After spending five years in prison Banks is now getting his chance to possibly live out his dream as an NFL player.
According to ESPN columnist Rick Reilly the former star high school player will workout with the Seattle Seahawks on June 7. If that gig doesn’t pan out Banks has also been approached by the Washington Redskins, Kansas City Chiefs and the Miami Dolphins.
Banks has been training since October and says of the opportunity:
“I’ll make ’em happy. After all I’ve been through these last 10 years, I can still do some things that will impress you.”
Banks had been out of jail for some time now however until last month it was hard for him to find work while being forced to wearing an ankle bracelet monitoring system. Banks was also forced to register as a sex offender and until last month he had a felony record.
Now training six days per week Banks’ lawyer says he’s in football shape:
“He has the speed and the strength. He certainly has the heart. I hope he gets the attention of people in the sports world.”
If Banks doesn’t make it onto an NFL team other prospects have opened up for him including a potential job offer that would allow him to work in the front office for the Arizona Diamondbacks.