Phenix City, Ala.--Despite his basketball team still in the hunt for a state championship with a regional final game against Robert E. Lee on Tuesday in Montgomery, four-star 2017 linebacker Markail Benton was back on the Auburn Tigers campus Saturday to hang out with former Central-Phenix City teammate John Broussard and hang out with the Gus Malzahn and the coaching staff.
Spending time with new linebackers Coach Travis Williams, defensive coordinator Kevin Steele and others, Benton said while he was already very familiar with what Auburn was all about it was great to get a chance to spend more time with the new coaches.
“Basically all I did was come over and have a little fun,” Benton said. “I went to the basketball game and watched a little bit of it. Me and Coach T Will get along real good and he’s a great coach. I’m looking forward to getting to know him better. We communicate a lot.
“I think it’s good,” he added of Williams’ playing experience. “If I do decide to come to Auburn I know he’s been in my shoes and he knows what it takes to get to the next level.”
With Auburn currently in his top five, Benton said he plans to bring an early end to his recruiting and may have a decision in just a few weeks.
“Sometime in March I’m committing,” Benton said. “I’m visiting Alabama next weekend on the 27th. After that I’ll have an idea.
“There are three other schools in there as well,” he added. “They are Florida State, Georgia and Mississippi State.”
While Auburn is still in the mix with four other schools, Benton said he’s looking for a place he’s comfortable with the coaches and also for early playing time. The opportunity to get on the field early with the Tigers is there after signing just one linebacker in the 2016 class, something he said he’s definitely aware of.
“It means something,” Benton said. “At the end of the day I’m going to weigh it all out and see.”