The 6-2, 190-pounder is a player who is expected to be an immediate contributor as a freshman with the Tigers looking for contributions from newcomers at the receiver positions.
"I am looking to come in and help right away," Benton tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I am looking forward to it. Hopefully, I can have a big a role in helping the team."
Benton was a high school All-American at Bastrop, but has struggled to become an academic qualifier to play college football. Originally planning to attend LSU last season after spending a season in prep school at Hargrave Military Academy, he didn't qualify in time to do that and has continued to work on his academics.
"I have everything done now feel real good about it," he says, noting his information has been sent off to the NCAA Clearinghouse for approval. "I have worked long enough at it."
Benton was a heavily recruited prospect as a star receiver in high school.
In addition to Auburn's need for receivers, Benton says he signed with the Tigers to play for wide receiver coach Trooper Taylor. "Coach Troop and I have a real good bond," he says. "Also, I heard he is a real good teacher."
Benton says he is working out trying to stay in good shape after not playing football last year. "I am 6-2, 190," he says, not that is right at his playing weight.
Asked if his layoff from football is going to be tough, he says, "I don't think so. Once I get back out on the field and get going it is not going to be a problem."
Benton says he can't wait to get to Auburn this summer. "I am excited about it--real excited."