WR Arrelious Benn: The Hammer Twister

Five-Star Wide Receiver Arrelious Benn from Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C. has 66 outstanding offers, but four teams stand out above the rest in his recruitment right now. Read this update from Allen Wallace of Scout.com to see where Ron Zook's Fighting Illini stack up against the competition.

Scout.com 5-star receiver Arrelious Benn (6-2, 205, 4.5) from Dunbar High School, Washington D.C., said he has about 66 offers.

"My top four schools are Florida State, Notre Dame, USC and Illinois. But there is nothing I like about one of these schools more than another," Benn said. "I've never had a top team and I couldn't pick a top two or three.

"I visited Notre Dame for their spring game and also for their junior day, even though I had to fly across the country. Coach Charlie Weis is offense-oriented and they are thin on receivers. Notre Dame also has good quarterbacks who throw the ball a lot. I don't want to go a school that doesn't have a good quarterback system," Benn said.

"USC has a good program because they produce players to the NFL. I am actually visiting USC this Thursday (June 22) and I'm excited to see their campus and find out if I am comfortable there or not.

"Illinois has strong offensive passing. Coach Ron Zook came from Florida and has only been coaching Illinois for one year, but he is already bringing in an impressive amount of good players," Benn said.

"I've visited Maryland too because the campus is so close to home. They also have good offensive players.

"On the field I do best catching passes and scoring TDs. I'm strongest in my thighs, hands and feet. But this summer I am trying to get my hands stronger by twisting a hammer in a bucket of rice--and I also have a personal trainer," he said.

"I don't pay much attention to how far I've gone in football," said Scout.com's no.1 receiver. "That's because I always knew that the harder I work, the farther I'll go.

"My parents aren't going to have any say-so in choosing my college. I plan to commit in October because I want to focus on my football season and get the recruiting over with," Benn said.

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