4-Star LB Expecting Fall Visit From Malzahn

Central of Phenix City's Markhail Benton is a class of 2017 football prospect who has received plenty of recruiting attention.

Phenix City, Ala.--Markhail Benton has been a regular visitor to see Auburn and the four-star linebacker notes that he is expecting the Tigers’ head coach to make a trip to see him next month.

Benton is one of the reasons why the Red Devils are likely to have one of the top high school football teams in the state of Alabama for the 2015 season. On Sept. 25th Central plays host to long-time rival, Opelika High, another team is expected to be capable of making a run at a state championship.

“I think Coach (Gus) Malzahn is coming to see that game,” said Benton, who noted that he is excited about his team’s potential.

Following an outstanding sophomore season at Central, the 6-2, 230 rising junior has scholarship offers from Auburn, Alabama, FSU and numerous other colleges. Benton pointed out he is eager to take a step forward this season as a player.

“I am working on everything,” he said. “There is always room to improve. I am working on my tackling, my speed.”

Markail Benton is shown during his sophomore season playing for the Central High Red Devils.

Benton said it is too early to name a favorite yet since he is about a year away from making a college decision, but added that the in-state schools, Auburn and Alabama, are high on his list along with Florida State. He plans to graduate early from high school and enroll in college in January of 2017.

Rhett Lashlee, Auburn’s offensive coordinator and quarterback coach, recruits east Alabama for the Tigers and has built a good relationship with Benton, the prospect said, noting they stay in touch regularly. He also likes new defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, who coaches the linebacker. “He is a cool guy,” the prospect said.

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