The one time high school standout and USC commitment Brian Banks has shown interest in playing for the San Diego Chargers. The southern California native, now 26, had his life put on hold when he was convicted of a grievous crime, one which he did not commit. Ten years ago Banks was sentenced to serve six years jail time for abduction and rape charges. Since serving his time and being on probation, his accuser, recanted the allegations and all charges against Banks have been dropped. It’s as if it never happened.
Since his name being cleared, the Chargers according to sources have been talking to Banks. Banks, at 6-1 245 was once listed as a middle linebacker, would not fill a need for the bolts but could definitely provide some added depth and special teams help. While many consider an absence like this detrimental to a football career Banks says, “After all I’ve been through these last 10 years, I can still do some things that will impress you.”
It would be a very nice story if Banks makes it to the NFL, with the Chargers or with another team. I know I’ll be rooting for him.