Back From Visit to Toledo

Three star safety Shamari Benton headed down to Toledo this past weekend with teammates Shaquille Marshall and John Miller to watch the Toledo Rockets host the Ball State Cardinals. Benton was on an unoffical visit to Toledo, but he got to talk to coaches and players. How did his visit go? Where does Toledo stand in his recruitment?

Three star safety Shamari Benton headed down to Toledo this past weekend with teammates Shaquille Marshall and John Miller to watch the Toledo Rockets host the Ball State Cardinals.

"It was great even though they lost the game," Shamari told Rocket Digest. "The atmosphere was great. I talked to some of the players after the game, and got to talk to them about how it is there. I didn't think there was going to be a lot of fans there, but there was a lot of people there. It was a great eye opener for me."

Just before his visit to Toledo, Benton picked up a new offer from West Virginia. He now holds offers from Toledo, West Virginia, Central Michigan, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, and Akron. He is also hearing from Cincinnati, Minnesota, and Iowa.

Despite the offer from West Virginia, Toledo is definitely in the mix for his services. "(West Virginia is) a great school and a great program," Benton said. He continued, "Toledo's also a great program. It doesn't matter to me if a school is in the Big East, the MAC, or even the Big Ten. I want the chance to play early and I will get that at Toledo."

Shamari commented on the new indoor practice facility to be constructed at Toledo and the new weight room that the football players will get to use, and how impressed he is by them.

Another reason that Toledo is appealing to Benton is because his uncle is at Toledo. "My uncle goes there (Toledo), and I got to talk to him while I was there (last weekend)," Benton explained.

He also mentioned that he stays in regular contact with Toledo assistant coach Greg Lupfer. Lupfer coaches the safeties at Toledo, which is the position that Shamari is being recruited for.

Benton stopped short of naming any favorites, but he did give another clue about where Toledo stands. "Toledo is high on my list," Benton said when talking about favorites.

He mentioned that Toledo was his first unoffical visit and that he plans on unofficial visits to Central Michigan and Bowling Green to watch them play in the near future.

After his high school season is complete he hopes to have his list narrowed to five schools, and will begin scheduling official visits for those five schools at that time.

In the classroom Shamari maintains a 3.2 GPA at an academic oriented school. He also scored a 20 on his ACT.

Brother Rice teammates Shaquille Marshall and John Miller are also being recruited by the Rockets, but neither have received an offer from Toledo to date.

Rocket Digest will continue to keep you updated on Shamari Benton's status as a Toledo Rocket football prospect over the coming months as football signing day approaches.



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