OL/DL Heath Benedict

Today we take a look at OL/DL Heath Benedict, a Greer, SC native who is attending prep school in New Jersey. Clemson offered this powerful young lineman several months ago, how do the Tigers with this young man today?

Heath Benedict (6'5, 270, 5.1) is a huge division 1-A prospect that has started seeing the offers mount up.

He currently has a list of more than 20, with schools being added almost on a weekly basis. Benedict has indicated that his top seven are South Carolina, Tennessee, Miami, Nebraska, Michigan State, FSU, and Virginia Tech.

All but FSU have offered. Benedict has made unofficial visits to Miami, Penn State, Michigan State, Nebraska and Notre Dame this past summer. He's also been to Virginia, UNC, and Georgia Tech.

Reports on Benedict have indicated that South Carolina has kept in touch with him through the mail on a regular basis (weekly), while Clemson, has not been as persistent. Right now, he is planning on attending the USC-Clemson game in November and he DOES have an offer on the table from the Tigers. Benedict is a two way lineman who could play on either side of the line in college. On defense last season he had 9 sacks, 11 for loss, and he returned a fumble 70 yards for a touchdown.

"I was just running as hard as I could," said Benedict about his fumber return. "I was afraid I was going to get tackled on the 5-yard line or something. I had no idea the closest guy was 20 yards behind me."

He was also a baseball prospect as a pitcher before an elbow injury ended that side of his career.

As it stands now, the Tigers are in contention, but we are on the outside looking in. He DOES have immediate family that attended Clemson, so that could be one possibility that works in the Tigers' favor later on in the recruiting process. Tennessee, Florida State and South Carolina seem to be the schools he is seriously considering at this point.

We will continue to keep you updated on Heath's progress for the rest of the season.

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