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June 14, 2012
Exonerated linebacker planning on Monday workout with 49ers


*****Update 6/15****** Banks will take part in a three-day rookie minicamp, a source confirmed Friday. The Monday-Wednesday session will be the longest tryout Banks has had yet. He had a two-day minicamp tryout with the Seahawks and has had workouts with the Chargers and Chiefs.

Brian Banks, the 26-year-old linebacker from Southern California who was wrongfully incarcerated for five years, tweeted today that he plans to take part in a Monday workout with the 49ers. That was confirmed by a league source, who said the session was likely but not yet set in stone. If it occurs as tentatively scheduled, Banks would take part in a rookie minicamp on a tryout basis.

Banks already has worked out for the Seahawks, Chargers and Chiefs, and he spent the last two days taking part in a Seahawks minicamp. Banks said he has not yet been offered a deal by the Seahawks and coach Pete Carroll, who recruited Banks to play at USC a decade ago.

Banks was a star linebacker at Long Beach Polytechnic High School and said he'd made a verbal commitment to USC as a junior. When he was 16, a teenage girl he'd known all his life accused him of rape and kidnapping. Banks was convicted and served more than five years in prison and spent the last five as a registered sex offender. The woman, however, later recanted her story to a private investigator who videotaped the conversation. Banks was completely exonerated in a hearing last month and has been trying to resume his life.

Banks has been training in Orange County and is working his way into football-playing condition. It's not known whether the 49ers see him as an inside or outside linebacker.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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