Benton Considering Big Time Options

Markail Benton is one of the top linebacker prospects in the southeast and he has the offer sheet to prove it. With options in hand from five major programs, Benton is poised for a flood of attention in the spring evaluation period. For now, Benton is happy with his early options and is delighted to have the chance to play football in some of the greatest venues in all of American sports.

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"I have offers from Auburn, Florida State, Mississippi State, Kentucky and South Carolina," explained Benton. "Kentucky was my first offer and Mississippi State was the most recent one."

Benton learned of his offer from the Bulldogs after speaking with Mississippi State assistant Deshea Townsend.

"He told me that they were offering me a scholarship and that I could play inside or outside linebacker for them," Benton said. "I was excited it about. It's another good offer.

"I want to play linebacker and that's what everybody is talking about me playing. I feel like that's my best position and that's what I am used to."

With five "good" offers in hand, Benton believes that his recruitment is off and running.

"I never expected all of this to happen so early," said Benton. "It's good though. I like all of the schools that have offered me and I am expecting some more schools to offer me later on."

While some 2016 prospects are already sorting through their options and picking favorites, Benton is content to wait the process out.

"I am just going to keep everybody even for now," said Benton. "I just want to look at everybody and see where I fit in the best. I am looking for a school that is just going to take me in and make me feel like I am part of the family."

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