Benoit wants playing time

One of the more intriguing prospects in Louisiana is Tyler Benoit of Lafayette-Comeaux. With 4.3-speed, the 6-foot-1 195-pound running back is being courted by some major programs.

"Lately I haven't been getting many calls," said Benoit, who listed his top programs as Florida State, West Virginia, and Michigan State. "I still haven't been offered by LSU, but they'd probably be third on my list if they offered."

A versatile player who has spent time at both running back and wide receiver during the 2003 season, Benoit said the most important thing he's looking for is a place where he can go and get a fair chance at playing early.

Benoit has his core grade requirements and is waiting for the results of a recent ACT test. He plans on visiting West Virginia soon, and says an LSU visit could be in the works if he receives a scholarship offer.

"I went to camp at LSU over the summer and liked the staff there," he said. "But if I go there I know I'll have to wait a while because they have deep, deep depth chart, and getting playing time is really important to me."

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