Benyard Is Hearing From Polian and ND

Everett Benyard and his Cathedral Catholic High (San Diego, Calif.) teammates begin spring football next week. The mammoth 6-foot-7, 315-pound three-star offensive tackle is expecting plenty of visitors from colleges across the country.

Notre Dame assistant coach Brian Polian could be one of the many faces in the crowd.

"He said he should be coming soon," Everett Benyard said. He holds scholarship offers from Arizona, Washington, Utah and San Diego State.

"I've been keeping in touch with him through email. He's been asking me how I've been and wishing me good luck through the spring. He was telling me how they were doing through their spring."

Though Benyard doesn't expect to make a college decision until the calendar flips to 2009, he does have five schools he favors over everyone else. They are, in no particular order, Washington, Notre Dame, Oregon, USC and UCLA.

"I've been hearing a lot from Oregon," Benyard said. "They came out to my school the other week, and I talked to one of the coaches from there, and he said they were interested in me."

Benyard has visited Notre Dame twice. Once for the Duke game last season, and most recently for the Irish's February Junior Day.

"I just have to stay in touch more. I've been up there twice. I like it. I could see myself going there. They're definitely in my top five.

"Coach Polian told me they're looking to take five offensive linemen from my class, and they're still doing evaluations. I'm just waiting patiently.

"He said they want me to come to their camp in the summer. That's a possibility, but I'll have to check my schedule and make sure it doesn't conflict with my high school schedule."

This past fall, Benyard didn't allow a sack in helping lead Cathedral Catholic to a CIF-San Diego Section D-III title. He was named first-team all-Eastern League.

"This spring, I'm trying to define my technique and work on my quickness."


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