Benton Improves Stock with Great Performance

Birmingham Brother Rice safety Shamari Benton spent some quality time in Columbus thinking about East Lansing while excelling at a recent camp. Other Spartan prospects, including 2009 commit Chris Norman, were on hand and not only competed, but talked future plans as well ...

Down in Columbus, Shamari Benton continued to work his way toward those all-but-inevitable Big Ten scholarship offers.

At a Friday camp, Benton deftly put his skills on display in a prelude to the one-day camps he will attend next month.

"I had a great day," Benton told GSN last night.

He said the camp drills focused primarily on the techniques a cornerback might utilize, but that didn't bother him. What could have been an obstacle and excuse became a challenge he embraced.

"I excelled at it," he said.

He pointed to a camp write-up that highlighted his ability to cover one-on-one and his all-around skills as a defensive back as evidence of his success. Plus, Northwestern called a half-hour after the camp finished to plan a trip to suburban Detroit early this week.

Benton, who calls Michigan State a "familiar place" due to the current and future Spartans he knows, says recruiting is hectic with many coaches stopping by his school.

Those coaches are doing the same thing 2009 Spartan commit Chris Norman is doing. Benton hears from Norman at events and camps like last Friday's and the direction of Spartan football is clear.

"Championships," Benton says. "We talk about the championship coach and championship atmosphere that's coming, and talking about changing the defense there (at MSU), making it more of an elite group."

The word on Benton will undoubtedly spread and the two offers he presently has, from Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan, should multiply throughout the summer.

"They should be coming in after this," Benton says. He also points to one-day camps, the first at Indiana in three weeks, as opportunities to build his stock and offer list.

"I'm ready," he says.

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