Terps Host Benn

Washington, DC Dunbar HS receiver Arrelious Benn has a steady top five list of schools entering the summer and The University of Maryland is working hard to maintain its position among his top five schools.

Yesterday, Maryland rolled out the proverbial red carpet for the top-rated WR and 5th overall prospect as he made a planned unofficial visit designed for the university to make a big pitch in more of a formal atmosphere.

"It was a good visit," said Benn. "It was a little different because I met with the athletic director and academic people so it was good. I talked to Coach Friedgen a lot and I talked to my position coach and I talked to some of the players and stuff. I talked to the athletic director, Debbie Yow."

"[She was] telling me about the position of Maryland and stuff like that, where I can get hired, Coach Friedgen being the head football coach and Maryland and why she hired him."

This is a busy time for Benn as he's taking visits all over the country to some of his favorite schools.

"I'm getting ready to go to Illinois [today]," he said. "I fly out [today]. I come back on Wednesday and then I fly out to California."

"I have a top five. Maryland, Notre Dame, Florida State, Illinois and USC. I've visited Notre Dame, I visited Illinois before so this will be my second time and I've visited Maryland."

On his visit yesterday, Maryland showed him the usual and also gave him a personal presentation of its new $240,000 football simulator program. So what is Benn looking for as he visits these schools?

"First of all, the academics," he said. "I want to know about the academic support and how they break it all down. And then I'm looking at things from a football standpoint. The stability of the head coach, my position breakdown, the quarterback situation and then I break it down to the dormitories and the rooming and stuff. And then from the campus to the teachers and professors and what the school has to offer me as far as academics."

Benn's summer unofficial visit schedule will help him narrow down his list to a couple schools he will take official visits to in the fall. He plans on graduating high school in December and enrolling in college next spring.

"I'm not sure what schools I'm going to visit [officially]," he said. "I'm only going to visit three schools and then make my decision - maybe only two schools. Basically where I feel comfortable at, I'm going to [officially] visit those schools and those schools will determine where I want to verbal."

Despite all the high rankings, 5-star status, and almost countless offers, Benn seems unfazed. When asked what he needs to improve on his game he said "everything" and even humbly stated that he doesn't even think he's good. Of course, dozens of college head coaches and a #1 ranking among WR prospects would beg to differ and that is his way of motivating himself to get better but it shows you how focused he is.

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