Home Town Advantage?

You won't find too many juniors with more offers than this talented offensive lineman with ties to the upstate.

OL Brent Benedict Profile

The scholarship offers have come in early and often for Greenville, S.C. native and now Sunshine state resident Brent Benedict.

"I have about 25 offers right now. Some of them are Florida, Georgia, Clemson, South Carolina, UCLA, Michigan State, Rutgers and others," Benedict told CUTigers in a recent interview. "I am completely open to everyone. I haven't narrowed it down yet.

"I plan to go this summer and during spring break and hit quite a few schools. I will narrow it down to five or six schools before the season. Then I can focus on my senior year."

Of course, you probably recognize Brent from the fact he's the younger brother of the late Heath Benedict.

Brent says he learned a lot from his brother, especially when it comes to recruiting.

"I was young then," he said. "But I got to go to a couple of visits to Florida State and Miami. What I learned is I need to get around and talk with the coaches to see where I am comfortable."

The 6-5, 280-pound Benedict actually grew up in the Palmetto state and is very familiar with Clemson.

"Greenville is home to me. I was born and raised there. I didn't move down here until I went to high school. My mom got her graduate at Clemson," he said. "It is really the hometown school for me and I might take that into consideration when I make my decision, but it isn't carrying a lot of weight right now."

This past season, Benedict helped lead Bolles to a 14-0 record and the 2-A state championship.

"We have a very competitive program," he said. "We are a private prep school and we have excellent academics as well as athletics. Our coach [Corky Rogers] has more wins than any coach in Florida high school history.

"He has been here for 25 years and has nine state championships. We are going to try to go back to back for the first time. We want to be the first team to do that."

And what will be important when he selects his college destination?

"Hopefully I can find somebody that will allow me to excel as a student as well as an athlete. I don't want to be in the newspaper for negative things. I want to find a place where I can contribute every way I can, both on and off the field," replied Benedict.

The versatile offensive linemen could play several positions at the next level.

"I have only discussed the position with a couple of the offensive line coaches. As a sophomore I backed up seniors at all three positions. I am pretty versatile. Last year I played tackle. I could see myself as a guard or tackle.

"I don't care which position as long as I get to play. I will be the kicker if they want me to," he added.

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