Aaron Banks focuses on rehab, recruiting

Chicago Simeon safety Aaron Banks is dealing with a setback.

With a few games left in the season, he was making a block on a punt return on the gunner when he tweaked his knee. He was able to keep jogging and walk normally, so he thought it was just a hyperextension.

A week later he finally went to get an MRI, which revealed he had a slight ACL tear and torn meniscus. Surgery was performed, and Banks is four weeks into physical therapy.

"That's been going good. They said I'm doing really well," Banks said. "I have a brace on now. I should be able to take it off. The day after Christmas I have a doctor's appointment."

Banks was supposed to visit Ball State the weekend of Dec. 14, but the Cardinals are one of the programs to drop off since Banks hurt his knee. He will now visit Bowling Green on Jan. 11 and Miami (Ohio) on Jan. 25.

Bowling Green has been among Banks' favorites since the summer, and he has had encouraging talks with the coaching staff since his injury.

"They told me to think of it like a broken leg, that an ACL tear is nothing," Banks said. "They told me to think about D-Rose [Derrick Rose] and Adrian Peterson.

"It's basically the same thing with Miami and New Mexico."

The Falcons are in the best position to land Banks, who should be cleared by the time preseason camp starts in August.

"My favorite right now is Bowling Green," he said.