Linebacker remains a key focus of Kentucky's remaining recruiting strategy in the Class of 2013, and the Wildcats have their eye on a potential impact player from the Sunshine State.
Three-star Hollywood (Fla.) McArthur linebacker Jeremy Benjamin says he's fairly certain about four of his official visits this fall. Kentucky should be one of those trips.
"I like Kentucky a lot," he said. "I plan on taking an official visit up there sometime soon. I don't have the exact date yet, but I've been talking to coach (Mike) Cassity about it, and I'm thinking maybe sometime in September."
Benjamin (6-2, 225, 4.55) said he also plans to visit West Virginia, Wake Forest and Florida International. "I'm keeping the fifth one open," he added.
In addition to those programs, Benjamin, who is rated the No. 40 middle linebacker prospect in the nation by Scout, holds offers from BCS programs like Tennessee, Texas A&M, Purdue, Illinois, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.
A strong relationship with Cassity, his South Florida recruiting contact on the UK staff, has helped put the Wildcats in a good position to compete for his services.
"I just like how coach Cassity has stayed in touch with me and told me how there's a big opportunity up there if I decide to go to Kentucky," Benjamin said. "I know it's a good school, and it sounds like they have good relationships between the coaches and players. Their coaches seem to be the kind of people who care about you as a complete person, not just football. That's the kind of place I want to be if I decide to go away from home."
Benjamin said the UK staff projects him as an outside linebacker, although he has also played middle linebacker and safety in the past. As a junior, he recorded approximately 90 tackles, 15 sacks and three interceptions as a lineabcker. This season at McArthur, he will move back to safety.
"I can do either due to my size and speed," he said. "I'm a very versatile player. That's what a lot of coaches like about me."
McArthur opens the 2012 season on Friday with a preseason "Kickoff Classic" game against highly-regarded Miramar.
"I can't wait," Benjamin said. "We're very excited about the season. My goal is to be the best player at my position in this area and to be a leader to all the younger guys we have on this team."
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