One offer for Munchie

If you've never heard of a quarterback in Louisiana that goes by the name of Benton Legaux then you're probably not alone. However, replace the name Benton with "Munchie" and you've got one of the top quarterbacks in Louisiana for 2010.

Nicknames often get handed down early in life and with Legaux he picked up the name “Munchie” when he was a kid.


“When he was young he was always eating so they started calling him “Munchie” because he was always skinny but that boy could eat,” said Edna Karr running backs coach Delbert Jolla.


The nickname has managed to stick with him over the years and now that he is one of the top quarterbacks in Louisiana Legaux hears it even more.


In 11 games during his junior season, Legaux completed 203 of 295 passes (68.8 percent) for 1,784 yards with a mind boggling 44 touchdowns against only eight interceptions. That was good enough to earn MVP in his district on the offensive side of the ball, but there was still more that he accomplished.


The six-foot-four, 185 pound signal caller also rushed for 435 yards in leading New Orleans-Edna Karr to a 6-5 season that ended with a second round playoff loss to Lafayette-Northside.


Though the Cougars went undefeated in district action and claimed the 10-4A title with a perfect 4-0 record, Legaux will use the early exit in the playoffs for motivation in 2009.


“Last year (sophomore), I was injured and I had to come back from a broken ankle,” he said. “We did win district and I put up some good stats, but we have bigger goals for 2009 and I’m going to do everything I can to help get us there.”


Legaux admits that he entered his junior season with some high expectations despite suffering a broken ankle that limited him to only three games during his sophomore season. Those expectations came after he passed for over 350 yards and tossed five touchdowns which surprisingly was good enough to earn 10-4A First Team All-District honors.


“He really came into his own this past season and showed what he can do,” said Jolla. “He practices like he plays and his work ethic is something that not many kids possess.”


A work ethic will only get you so far, but Legaux has much more to offer for college coaches who are searching for a quarterback for the future.


“He can make all of the throws and he really makes a lot of plays when things break down,” said Jolla. “He can scramble and let things open up then get the ball down the field.”


Some have made the mistake of labeling Legaux an athlete when it comes to projecting him at the next level. However, Jolla says that he has the tools to be a drop-back passer and the athlete label is not one that fits in this instance.


“He ran a 4.7 at the last combine he went to so I don’t think he’s fast enough to play receiver,” said Jolla. “He’s a quarterback all the way. Not only can he make things happen by throwing on the run, but he can sit back in the pocket and hurt you. He’s also very smart and has a very good feel for making the pre-snap reads and knowing where to go with the ball.”


As a result of what Legaux has shown at combines and during his junior season, coaches from LSU, Alabama, Kansas State, Michigan and West Virginia are just a few that are in pursuit of the talented passer.


Thus far, only one offer has been extended courtesy of Tulane, but Legaux is confident that he will have more opportunities to take his game to the next level.


“More people are starting to send me a lot more letters and my coach tells me just to stay positive and work then everything else will take care of itself,” he said.


When the offers do start coming in Legaux hopes that a few schools in particular will send him some good news in West Virginia, Florida, LSU and Alabama.


He hasn’t had a chance to get out and see many schools since he just finished playing basketball for the Cougars, but Legaux plans to see a few over the next several months.


Thus far, the only junior day that Legaux has attended was at LSU on Feb. 28 and that gave him his first opportunity to get an inside look at what LSU had to offer as well as a chance to talk to a couple of coaches.


“I talked to Coach (Gary) Crowton and Coach (Les) Miles,” said Legaux, who claims a 3.1 grade point average and has yet to take the ACT. “They both said they were impressed with my film and they looked forward to seeing me at camp this summer. I saw a lot of what they had to offer for the first time and I left impressed with everything. They have everything going for you as a player and an offer from LSU would be big.”


Legaux is eager to see what offers come his way over the coming months and he said that he will keep an open mind with the recruiting process and let it unfold before worrying about any favorites.


In the meantime he said that he is going to continue doing the things that has gotten him to this point in his life.


“I’m just going to keep working hard and have faith that good things will happen to me,” he said. “That’s all I can do is worry about the things I can control.”

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