One wide out that has gotten Gonzalez’s attention is Lafayette (La.) Northside product Dwayne Benjamin.
Benjamin, who is listed at 6-foot-5, 195 pounds and with 4.5 speed, had a banner year for Northside in 2010 as he caught 45 passes for 927 yards and 14 touchdowns.
UL-Lafayette is currently Benjamin’s only scholarship offer but he made the drive over from Lafayette on Saturday to the invitation only Les Miles Family Reunion Picnic.
“We spent about four hours over there and it was a good time,” said Benjamin. “We went over the academic part showing us all the new technology and stuff then went and saw all the athletic facilities. After that we just hung out at the indoor facility and met with the coaches and played games.”
LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis is recruiting the Lafayette area for the Tigers but on Saturday most of Benjamin’s time was spent with head coach Les Miles and Gonzales.
“We met one-on-one with Coach Miles then Coach Gonzales joined us,” said Benjamin. “They told me everything is alright and that they want me but they haven’t offered. Coach Miles said he was going to call (Northside) coach Vince (Derouen) to talk about some stuff and then get back with me. I know they want to check on my grades so that’s probably it.”
Benjamin says that his grade point average is “okay” and he is scheduled to take the ACT for the first time on June 11. He plans to return to LSU for camp over the summer at the request of Miles and Gonzales and he hopes that he shows them enough to pick up an offer he has always dreamed about.
“The top two schools are LSU and TCU,” he said. “LSU is just a dream growing up in Louisiana. That would be one that I’ve always thought of.
“I spent a little time in Texas and I really liked TCU but LSU is really a big one being from Louisiana.”