K-State Trying To Make Up Ground on Benjamin

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Jeremiah Benjamin holds 23 Division 1 offers, but plans to soon trim that list to ten favorites. While Kansas State may appear to be a long shot for the services of the 6-foot-2, 210-pound athlete from Hollywood, Fla., he would like to find out more about the Wildcat program before he makes his top ten known.

The first time I spoke to Kansas State it wasn't a very long conversation," said Jeremiah Benjamin. "I need to do more research on the school. I'm supposed to be taking to the coaches some time later this week.

"Within the next two weeks I'd like to be able to name my top ten. I have an idea of some of the schools I'll most likely put in there like West Virginia, Tennessee, and Texas A&M, but I'm not sure yet on the rest. Kansas State is definitely a school I'm interested in and will take a closer look at."

Benjamin is being pursed by coaches who like him on both sides of the ball. Some believe he'll make a fine wide receiver, while others believe he'll excel at linebacker or safety. Next season at McArthur High School, he'll play all three positions.

"Last season all I played was defense," he said. "I had 15 sacks coming off the edge. I thought like I improved breaking down offenses and reading and reacting faster during the play. I've played wide receiver before. My best strength is my leaping ability. When I'm in the air, I fight hard for the ball. There's nobody who can hang with me."

Over the summer, Benjamin plans to go on some local unofficial visits. He'll make one to Florida International and to a Miami (Florida) camp this month. Ultimately, he'll need to trim his list even further to five as he plans on taking all of his official visits before making a final decision.

"I've been asked to make a commitment but I want to wait until I've seen more schools," Benjamin explained. "I'm going to take my five official visits during the fall then I'll be ready to make a more informed decision.

"I'm looking for the best school overall. I always ask if they have my major, marine biology. Some schools have it and some don't, but that's what I'd like to study in college. I don't want to have to travel too far from home. I'd like to go to a school where I can play early. It doesn't have to be right away but soon. I want to go to a team that's winning and is ready to compete for a national championship."

In his junior season, Benjamin was named All-Broward County for the McArthur Mustangs. He competed in basketball then track in the 100, 200, shot put, and discuss. An excellent student, Benjamin reports a 3.7 GPA and says he has the opportunity to graduate early. Benjamin said his senior goal is to "be the best prospect in his class." He wears No. 44 for the Mustangs coached by Andrew Rhoden.

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