Interest rising for Fern Creek's Ryan Benzick

6'6, 330-pound offensive lineman Ryan Benzick of Louisville Fern Creek is starting to hear from a number of major programs. InsideTheVille.com has the latest, including junior highlights.

So, there is this offensive line prospect that measures in at 6-foot-6, 330-pounds and is surprisingly quick for his size. This prospect garnered All-District honors following his junior season and was selected by the coaches association as one of the top rising seniors in the state. Toss in the fact that he squats 635 pounds, has maxed 375 on the bench press and sports a 5.08 40 yard time and he becomes quite the intriguing prospect. One more thing, he's a solid student and is already academically qualified to play on the college level.

One would assume that by that description, this so-called prospect would be a must-see recruiting target for many major programs throughout the region. While that is typically the case, it has been just the opposite for Fern Creek offensive lineman Ryan Benzick.

Without the guidance of a head coach for months, Benzick was unsure of the recruiting process and to make matters worse, was unaware of the numerous letters and camp invitations being sent to his attention.

"We started kind of late because we didn't really know what to do," said Benzick, who has started to receive positive feedback from college coaches on his junior highlight tape. "The coaches like that I can move pretty good and are they're telling me that they want to see more of me."

Benzick, who has already made unofficial visits with Kentucky, Louisville, Tennessee and Western Kentucky, heard from Alabama head coach Nick Saban on Tuesday and others such as Florida, Michigan and Purdue have started to show an interest.

"It's sort of stressful in a way," Benzick said of the recruiting process. "I like it in a way because it's exciting, so it goes both ways. Rich Brooks and one of his assistants came by the school and Coach Nord from Louisville has come down to the school a couple times. That‘s pretty exciting, but it can be a stressful thing too."

This weekend he'll have an opportunity to show off his talents at Louisville's Senior Development Camp. He is also scheduled to camp at Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee and Western Kentucky.

"Hopefully I can show them my footwork and that I can move pretty good for my size," Benzick said. "I‘m just going to do the best that I can."

Selected as a member of the Tremendous 26 choice by high school coaches throughout the state, Benzick is busy preparing for his upcoming senior season.

"It felt amazing when I found out that I was named to that," Benzick said. "That has motivated me even more. Right now I'm lifting weights, doing some hard body work and trying to get my speed time up."

Click the link below to view video highlights of this soon-to-be well known offensive line prospect.


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