"I narrowed it down," Benedict said by phone today. "I went to Georgia a couple of weeks ago, and I had that home feeling."
Benedict ended his recruiting – picking the Bulldogs over Florida, Southern Cal, Clemson and Alabama. Although Benedict lives in Jacksonville and attends the prestigious Bolles School, he is a native of the upstate of South Carolina. He moved to Jacksonville to start his prep career. The draw of Athens, not too far from his boyhood home, was a major draw for the prospect.
"When I stepped on that campus I just got that feeling," he said. "I wanted to come home, and think about it for a couple of weeks, and I decided Georgia is where I wanted to spend the next four of five years of my life."
There is little question that Benedict's commitment is a major win for the Bulldogs in the annual recruiting fights. The Dawgs allegedly coveted Benedict more than any other offensive lineman in the class of 2010. Pulling him from out-of-state speaks to the recruiting ability of offensive line coach Stacy Searels, who was instrumental in getting the commitment.
"I called Coach Searels and Coach Richt," Benedict said. "I told both of them that I wanted to commit, and they got just as excited as I did."
The sixth commitment in Georgia's class of 2010, Benedict is the third consecutive four-star recruit committed to the Dawgs. Da' Rick Rogers, a wide receiver from Calhoun, committed to the Dawgs last week.
"Benedict is an aggressive offensive linemen that finishes his blocks, that understands blocking schemes, that can run block, that can pass protect, and that has a high level of intelligence. There are not many faults in his game, but his arm length is a minor concern at tackle. He is one of the best in the country," Scout.com South Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons said of Benedict.
He was listed in the Top 100 players in Scout.com's initial Top 300. Benedict is considered a four-star prospect by Scout.com.
- Benedict goes in depth about his commitment to Georgia here.
Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons contributed to this report.