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Brian Banks draws interest from NFL suitors

The Washington Redskins rank among a handful of teams that have expressed interest in former prep football star Brian Banks, whose promising football career come to an end as a result of false rape accusations that landed him in prison in 2002.

Banks, a former standout middle linebacker for Long Beach Polytechnic High School, and verbally accepting a full scholarship from USC at the age of 16. But he never played for the Trojans after pleading no contest to a false rape accusation from a childhood friend. That friend has since recanted that claim, and Banks was released from prison and exonerated last week.

Confirming an ESPN report Wednesday afternoon, Banks’ attorney Justin Brooks said the Redskins have contacted him about scheduling a workout for Banks but added that an actual date has yet to be set.

According to ESPN, Banks has a workout scheduled with the Seattle Seahawks, and the Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins also have inquired about the linebacker, who is free to sign with any team.

Despite having missed out on 10 years of football, Banks believes he can make it in the NFL, and Brooks said, “I am optimistic that we will see him in the NFL this fall.”

Brooks said Banks stands 6-feet-3 and weighs 245 pounds with 12 percent body fat.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.

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