Heath Benedict: A Future Tiger?

Former 4-star offensive lineman Heath Benedict is looking to transfer from Tennessee and the Clemson Tigers are one of three schools that Benedict has received permission to talk with about transferring. What's the latest on this developing situation? We spoke directly with Heath this evening to get the absolute latest.

"I am looking to transfer from Tennessee. I have been cleared to talk to 3 schools. They are Clemson, Furman and Georgia Southern. I have talked to each of them and I am waiting to hear back."

The 6-5, 280 pound prospect was a 4-star offensive lineman in the 2002 recruiting class when he committed to Tennessee. Benedict redshirted his freshman year and he was not a member of the team for the 2003 season. If he transfers to Clemson he will need to sit out the 2004 season and will have 2 years of eligibility left beginning in 2005.

The Clemson coaching staff will need to make a quick decision on the transfer, as Benedict will start classes at Tennessee on Monday if he doesn't get a positive response from one of the schools.

"I need to know in the next day or so. If I don't hear by Sunday night I will probably go back to Tennessee for classes on Monday."

Benedict has been thinking about the transfer for some time but just received clearance to talk with other schools yesterday. "I was cleared to talk to the schools at 4 o'clock and had contacted the schools by 6."

Why does the talented lineman want to become a Clemson Tiger?

"I want to come back home. I want to play for an in-state team. I was interested in Clemson before I signed with Tennessee. I want to be close to my family. Clemson is a great program."

Benedict left the Tennessee football team earlier this year but finished the semester. "My scholarship ended on January 1. I stopped playing before the season because of personal reasons but I kept my scholarship until the end of the semester."

The standout lineman has several friends on the Clemson team. "I know Aaron Hunt. I have known Geoff Rigsby since I was young. We've played sports together since I was little."

We will continue to keep you updated on this situation as it unfolds over the next few days.

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