BYU finally lands Benton after three years

<b>Shannon Benton</b>, the former All-State Florida high school defensive back who recently played for the University of Tennessee, is BYU bound. Benton was heavily recruited by BYU three years ago, but opted for the Volunteers on Letter of Intent day when Tennessee offered a late scholarship.

Benton is a 5-10, 192-pound Defensive Back that was listed as second string strong safety after Tennessee's spring practice. Benton, however, decided to leave the Tennessee program and contacted his former BYU recruiter Brian Mitchell after he received his official release.

"I really like BYU. I have a great relationship with Coach Mitchell and I love that new defense Coach Mendenhall is implementing."

Benton added: "I'll have to sit out a year, but there is a very good chance that I'll start the following year and I like that. I'm excited to play for BYU in Mendenhall's system."

Benton informed BYU of his decision on Friday. He told earlier last week he was leaning to BYU.

"I actually decided that I wanted to go to BYU right after I left Tennnessee, but I was just waiting to see if I could attend school there this year," he said.

Benton will arrive in Provo before the fall two-a-days practice begin in early August and will work with the scout team this season. NCAA transfer rules mandates that he sit out a year.

"I'd like to play right away, but I think it will be good for me to learn the system and get acclimated to the altitude. I hear it's tough for southern boys to get used to it(the climate.)"

BYU coaches have discussed using him as a cornerback, but Benton said is open to just about any position in the secondary.

"I just want to play. I like cornerback and it sounds like that's where they'll need me most, but I'd love to play Safety as well. Doesn't really matter."

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