Louisville offers promising TE at Junior Day

Benson Browne, a 6-6, 236 pound tight end from Cincinnati (OH) Walnut Hills, has only played one year of high school football but is loaded with potential. Browne attended Louisville's Junior Day and the Cardinals saw enough to extend an offer.

Benson Browne, a 6-6, 236 pound tight end from Cincinnati (OH) Walnut Hills, is all about potential.

Though Browne has played only one year of high school football, he's starting to generate serious buzz on the recruiting scene. Minnesota has offered a scholarship. This weekend, Browne picked up his second offer during a Junior Day visit to Louisville.

"A lot of coaches have seen enough on film to see how much ability he has and what his upside potential is, which is pretty incredible" Walnut Hills coach George Kontsis said.

Louisville is definitely ahead of the curve on Browne, who made 11 receptions as junior but figures to play a larger role in the passing game next year.

"He's tremendously athletic," Kontsis said. "He's a basketball player and was a [power forward] on our team that won 16 games this year. He's a very smart young man – a 3.0 GPA. He runs real well and catches the ball well. He's very smooth and an agile athlete for his size. He's all about being able to run and stretch the field. Everything he catches is all thumbs together. When a kid does that you know he has soft hands. Right now he's a little raw in his blocking but he's going to get better with that."

Now that Minnesota and Louisville have placed offers on the table, Kontsis expects more to follow.

"They're all going to start falling like dominoes now," Kontsis said. "These are two huge offers. I think some schools were a little gun-shy because he's only played one year but hats off to [Louisville OC] Mike Sanford. With his experience and background he's able to realize what Benson's upside is. These big schools that wait on his senior film are going to get left out in the cold because he's too talented."

Kontsis, a former coach at Cincinnati, went to Louisville's Junior Day over the weekend with Browne and his mother. Kontsis said they all came away highly impressed with Charlie Strong and Louisville.

"He's real excited about Louisville," said Kontsis. "He's going to get a lot of offers...as they say be loyal to the one that loves you first. [He's] not committing right [now] but that's how I feel. We're real impressed and excited about Louisville. That's where we're at right now.

"I coached at Cincinnati [in the early 1990's] and it was the old minor league stadium then. I was tremendously impressed with the facilities. The stadium is outstanding and the indoor stadium is impressive. I think their coaching staff gives them an edge. I'm really impressed with the staff that Strong has assembled."

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