‘Strong as Coach Strong'
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‘Strong as Coach Strong'

Richard Benjamin had been recruited by many at wide receiver and at one point was even committed as a receiver to UCF. Now, Benjamin has decided to play college ball at Louisville and he'll be playing cornerback for the Cardinals. The 6-foot, 180-pound athlete is no stranger to defense, however. He led his high school team in receiving, rushing, and interceptions this season.

Richard Benjamin gave his verbal pledge to Louisville on his official visit last weekend, but he said he made up his mind during his in-home visit with Cardinals' Tight Ends Coach Sherrone Moore the Tuesday before.

"From the time of my home visit Tuesday, I knew I was committing. I left for my visit Friday. It was just the feeling I had talking to coaches, seeing stuff, I just knew. Then when I got there, that really sold me," he said.

"What really sold me on my Louisville commitment is how strong Coach Strong's commitment is to Louisville, because he had an opportunity to leave and go to another place for much more money, but his loyalty to stay at Louisville, that shows me that he can make me a better man."

The Tampa Bay Tech (Tampa, FL) standout says his size and versatility will allow him to be a big contributor at Louisville.

"They can use me there because next year they move to the ACC. The corners right now are like 5-foot-8 or 5-foot-9, with me being a 6-foot corner, that gives me more advantage over receivers because nowadays you have a 6-foot-3 receiver, so I have an advantage matching up with them," he said.

"I'm aggressive, I'm physical, I like to have fun and just go after it."

Benjamin chose the Cardinals over several other schools including Clemson, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Rutgers, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, and more. He has no intentions of taking other visits or talking to other schools.

"I'm done, I'm solid. My commitment is done, recruitment done, I'm done," he said.

"It's as strong as Coach Strong."

Benjamin was named MVP of the South team in the Florida Athletic Coaches Association North-South All-Star game Wednesday. He had three interceptions in the South's 22-14 win.

"My performance was very outstanding," he said.

"I just went out and played and did me. I'm a hundred percent healthy now, I just went out and played to the best of my ability."