Player Evaluation: Longtime four-star linebacker prospect and Phenix City (Ala.) Central star Markail Benton has impressed Scout more and more of late and it was more of the same Friday night in witnessing his senior season debut. Kicking things off against perennial power Hoover (Ala.) High School, he flashed big play ability, physicality and range all night long in reaching double-digit tackles and forcing multiple fumbles in the process. Benton also displayed leadership qualities to begin his senior campaign, often lining up teammates pre-snap before attacking the football. One of the top defenders in the state of Alabama, the blue-chip talent also proved versatile in the 23-7 loss, impacting the game as an inside linebacker, outside linebacker and as a blitzer off the edge. Benton's motor, despite a second-half shoulder injury, was running at a high level through the pain and a consistent downpour.
Recruitment: Committed to Alabama