Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 5/30/12
One week after being exonerated on a rape conviction that sent him to prison for five years, former California high school star Brian Banks is gearing up for workouts with as many as four NFL teams. Banks, 26, told ESPN columnist Rick Reilly he is scheduled to work out for the Seattle Seahawks June 7, and has received similar interest from the Redskins, Chiefs and Dolphins. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, who was at USC from 2001-09, recruited Banks out of Long Beach Polytechnic High School. The star linebacker had been offered a scholarship to play for the Trojans before a classmate accused him of rape in the summer of 2002. Banks' dreams of an NFL career were seemingly derailed when he took the advice of his former attorney and pleaded no contest to rape and kidnapping charges, rather than face the prospect of 41 years to life in prison if convicted at trial. Banks recalled that the lawyer told him, "You can go into that courtroom in front of a jury. You're a big black teenager, ...
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