The above is the scholarship offer situation for four-star class of 2017 linebacker prospect Markail Benton. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Phenix City (Ala.) Central standout has become a major prospect sooner than most, and continues to enjoy every step of the recruiting process despite its youth.
“It’s basically the same, everybody is trying to tell me to keep my head straight, make sure I do nothing crazy and get in trouble,” he said of the attention. “I really didn’t know it would be like this. The best part is going to colleges and watching players at practices and games and stuff.
“I get to meet all the players and coaches, and seeing all the games.”
Admitting that the news of each offer caught him by surprise, Benton has his eyes on the next group of programs that may be on his short list of destinations one day. But the in-state Crimson Tide was the first he mentioned to Scout.
“I would like for Alabama to be next. Growing up, I’ve been an Alabama, Auburn, Florida State fan,” he said. “They just want me to come up and chill. Camp was the last time I was there.
“They just told me to keep things straight and I should get an offer this year.”
Benton, as well as 2016 four-star cornerback John Broussard, will make the trek to Tuscaloosa this coming weekend with the Florida Gators in town. Rivals Georgia and Clemson are another pair of programs the sophomore mentioned as one’s he’d like to hear a bit more from.
It’s clear that playing in the SEC or ACC is important to him.
“To me, they’re the biggest conferences there is,” he said.
On the local front, The Red Devils are 4-0 and crusiing early in the season, though a big game with Prattville (Ala.) looms Friday.
“It’s my team, without the team, I’m not going to do anything,” Benton said of the success. “I have done good, but I can do better. I’ve been blitzing well, but I can run them better.”
The middle linebacker projection, who says he’s willing to play anywhere in the front-seven at the next level, is being recruited as both an inside and outside second-level defender at this point. He has no timetable for a decision.
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