Cal Keeping Tabs on Rising Safety

Gardena (Calif.) Serra defensive back Bene Benwikere practices against arguably the best receiving corps in America. He currently has five scholarship offers but remains open. He camped at Cal last month, and he names the Bears in his top seven...

Gardena (Calif.) Serra cornerback Bene Benwikere (6-0, 180) has kept himself plenty busy in the past few weeks, attending a few camps and making several unofficial visits.

Benwikere has five offers, but because he's open to waiting to see what his senior year produces, his top seven looks significantly different.

"My top seven, in order, is Washington, UCLA, California, Minnesota, Boise State, San Diego State and San Jose State," said Benwikere. "I just finished a couple of unofficial visits a couple weeks ago, so that's updated."

From that group, only San Jose State and San Diego State have offered.

Benwikere's visits took him all over the West.

"I hung out with the Cal coaches and they really liked me and said they really liked my size and they have seen my highlight tape will definitely be keeping up with me," said Benwikere. "So did UCLA when I went there, they said the same thing. I also toured campuses like San Jose State, Fresno State, San Diego State and Stanford."

Benwikere camped at UCLA and USC for their 1-Day Camps, as well as the Scout Combine, then camped at San Diego State and Cal as well as a 7-on-7 tournament at Stanford.

"I still have five offers, from San Diego State, San Jose State, UNLV, Iowa State and New Mexico," said Benwikere. "But schools like Minnesota, Cal, Arizona State, UCLA and Washington State have started sending me a lot of e-mail and mail and they want me to stay in touch. Nevada wants me to go to their Junior Day on July 31st and they are probably going to offer me there. The Minnesota coach said he'd definitely be giving me a call when they can call again."

Benwikere said he's planning to start setting up his official visits, and plans to take all five of them.

"So far the one I know I really want to take is Minnesota but I'm not sure about the other four," said Benwikere. "I know I will probably have it all taken care of right before the season starts. I know I want to take a visit to Washington. They are my number one school. And also Boise State, but I haven't talked to them lately."

Benwikere said that most schools are looking at him as a defensive back, but he'd like to possibly try out receiver in college.

"I am trying to get recruited as an athlete because I can play receiver, but it's just that were are stacked so I can't play that (for Serra)," said Benwikere.

And that's an understatement, Serra featuring arguably the best receiver corps in the country with elite Scout 300 prospects Robert Woods and Paul Richardson from the 2010 class and 2011 stud George Farmer at receiver.

Academically, Benwikere said he's carrying a 3.4 GPA and he took the SAT earlier in the spring.

As a junior at Serra, Benwikere had 22 tackles and scored a touchdown in helping the Cavs to the CIF-SS Northwest Division finals.

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