Arguably one of the top cornebacks in the Lone Star State is Garland's Jarrett Ben (who clocks forty times in the 4.4-range and 21.5 open 200 meter-times, not to mention officially measures 5-foot-10 and 165 pounds). Locking down eight official offers thus far, and from big-time schools such as "Duke, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas State, Rice, North Texas, SMU, TCU" would seem to suggest so. But whom among the aforementioned seriously have the look of being a real player?
How about a Six Pack to smack about? Claiming no favorites the Wildcat Nation Members Only crystal ball offers up these six schools in particular: Duke, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas State, Rice and TCU.
As such, what are Ben's thoughts on the Super Six?
On Duke: "They were the second school to offer me and I like the coach (Scott Brown) recruiting me. He's being straight up about everything. Another thing I like about Duke is the education it offers. A scholarship there costs over $40,000.00."
On TCU: "They've really got the best football program of all the schools whose offered me. They're really close to home. And Coach Sharp is real nice. And I really like their head coach, Coach Patterson. I've talked with him too."
On Iowa: "They've been texting me a lot. K-State probably texts me more than anybody else. But Iowa probably writes me the most letters. I really don't know much about Iowa though. But I know they have they really good football program."
On Iowa State: "Their a school whose been recruiting the Garland Area heavily. They've signed guys like DeAndre Jackson -- who just graduated from Iowa State and went to the NFL -- and they got Devin McDowell -- who is there now. Those are guys who are playing my same position. And I like Coach Fountain. He's real cool."
On K-State: "They were the first to offer, the first to show a real interest in me. When Coach Burns offered me things blew up, for me, from there. It really jump started the (offer) process."
On Rice: "I really like their coaches. And I like the idea of what a degree from Rice means. You're going to be a big-timer with a degree from there."
Make no mistake the aforementioned six are in fact the six to keep an eye on. And while K-State is in fact in the mix for one of his official visit slots, I think they've got some work to do in order to keep one of his five official visit slots, let alone move ahead of the pack. Right now, the only thing I think keeping the Wildcats in contention is the fact that for now (at least) Ben has penciled Manhattan in (tentatively speaking) for an official. Expect KSU (if given the opportunity) to make more of an impression then. Bottom line, though, is that K-State will have to (make a very good impression), if they want a decent chance to secure the services of the Garland corner.
K-State Take-Board Status: Jarrett Ben has KSU (along with four other schools whom also have officially offered) already claiming one of his five official visits slots. So, of course, he remains on the Take-Board. But the coaching staff is going to need to ratchet up their efforts if they want to seriously contend for Ben.
Numbers/Notes to Consider...
JR Season Stat Package: "30 tackles, 7 PBUs, 1 FR."
Track-And-Field: "21.5 in the open 200 meters; I run on the 4x100 and 4x200 relays."
Weight Room Numbers: "260 Bench, 245 Incline, 380 Squat."
Academics: "3.7 Core GPA, 1420 on my first SAT."