Alabama's Top Junior Visits Mississippi State

Mississippi State has hosted scores of talented prospects over the course of the past two weeks. One of the most heralded standouts to step foot on the Starkville campus did so on Friday. Phenix City, Alabama five star Markail Benton spent the afternoon in Starkville getting to know the coaches and the lay of the Bulldog land.


"I have thirteen offers so far," Benton said. "My more recent ones are Missouri and North Carolina."

Mississippi State is one of the schools that make-up Benton's baker's dozen of early options. Benton reports that his relationship with Mississippi State assistant coach, Deshea Townsend is a good one.

"Coach Townsend tells me to just keep balling out," Benton said. "He is very cool and a good coach. I like him, because I feel like he can teach me the things that I need to do to get where he was (the NFL)."

Benton denies an early leader, but reports that his feelings about Mississippi State football and the future are very positive.

"Mississippi State is a good school and a good football program," Benton said. "I feel like they have a good program and good facilities. I really like the coaches here."

Rated as the top prospect in the state of Alabama for the 2017 signing class, Benton is considered one of the top outside linebackers in the country. Just about every school in the Southeastern Conference has offered or has shown serious interest as Benton begins work for his junior season.

Signing day 2017 feels like a lifetime away, but Benton his hopeful that he gets the chance to represent his future school in one of the national All-American games when his time comes. For now, Benton is simply in fact finding mode.

"I don't have any favorites," Benton said. "I am just keeping everybody even and seeing what everybody has to offer."

Benton plans to visit the University of Georgia on Saturday as he makes the Southeastern Conference rounds.


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