Pete Carroll said that if the Seahawks liked what they saw in Brian Banks’ tryout on Thursday, they’d extend him an invitation to their minicamp.
Carrol has proven to be a man of his word. Even though the Seahawks were barred from practicing because of the penalties for contact during OTAs, Banks was able to try out for the team and, apparently, they liked what they saw. Carroll made the announcement on Twitter Thursday afternoon that Banks was invited to continue trying out at next week’s minicamp.
“Brian Banks is an extraordinary guy & we invited him back to participate in our minicamp next week… We hope to see him then!”
Carroll was the coach of USC when Banks committed to go there as a high school player. Then came an allegation of rape and kidnapping and the 10-year odyssey through the legal and penal systems that finally ended last month when he was exonerated after his accuser recanted her story. Banks lined up reportedly lined up tryouts with several NFL teams with the Seahawks first in line.
Tim Booth of the Associated Press reports that Banks said that he will speak to his agent before deciding whether or not to attend.Banks hasn’t signed or even been offered a contract at this point, so he remains a massive long shot. He also remains very easy to root for.