Louisville showing interest in JUCO QB

Steve Kragthorpe might be looking to add a junior college quarterback to Louisville's 2009 recruiting class. If so, Kragthorpe has made clear he's looking for a dual-threat QB - one who can hurt defenses through the air and on the ground. Phoenix (AZ) C.C. QB Robert Benjamin might fit the bill….

"Coach Kragthorpe just called on our quarterback," Phoenix College coach Mark Meija said. "They have film on (him). They're supposed to come out to our bowl game next week. I think there's going to be more sparked interest because now with Utah coming in and ASU getting on him there's a little bit more sense of urgency I guess."

Robert Benjamin currently holds one offer from Texas Southern. But after leading Phoenix College to a 7-3 record this season and the Valley of the Sun bowl game next weekend, schools like Louisville, Utah and Arizona State have taken notice.

"It looks like I may be getting an offer from (Louisville) pretty soon," Benjamin said. "Over the past few years they've put some good quarterbacks in the NFL. It's a good school for a quarterback such as myself."

The 6-2, 205-pound Benjamin graduates from Phoenix in December so he's looking to take some visits next month, make a quick decision and enroll at his new school in January in time to get ready for spring practice.

"Right now I'm just thinking about getting these classes (done) and hopefully going somewhere I'm wanted and not just another (player) on the team," Benjamin said. "I plan to be out of school here in January."

Benjamin had a big sophomore season. He earned Region I Offensive Player of the Year and First Team All-WSFL honors after throwing for more than 2,100 yards and 20 touchdowns with only five interceptions. Benjamin, who boasts 4.5 speed, completed 56 percent of his passing attempts this year.

"It's been a good year for me and I've shown how much I've improved in the past year and a half and that I can be a winner," Benjamin said. "Hopefully a lot of schools take that into consideration."

"He was the region MVP and our WSFL Offensive Player of the Year," Meija said. "He's got a very strong arm – there's not a throw he can't make. He could probably work on his touch a little bit and his intermediate throws. But he's got a real good pocket presence from underneath or from the shot-gun."

A full qualifier out of high school, Benjamin has improved his running ability in junior college and become a better college prospect.

"When I started playing football I didn't run very much – I was more of a drop back passer in high school," Benjamin said. "When I got to junior college they started to use my legs a little bit more. Phoenix College has opened up my horizons playing quarterback."

"When plays break down he's at his best – getting outside the pocket and taking off," Meija added.

With only more game left to play, Benjamin is ready to turn his full attention to the recruiting process and making a college decision.

"Louisville has strong interest," Meija said. "They want to come out and see (him) in person. "

Benjamin is keeping his options open, though he sounds highly interest in Utah.

"Right now I have no favorites because I haven't visited any of the schools yet," said Benjamin. "I think (Utah) would be a perfect fit for me. We do a lot of the same things – spread offense, zone read. They're very versatile in their passing game."


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