Chicago WR holding one offer

Nebraska is scouring the nation for wide receivers to help them implement the West Coast Offense in Lincoln. The most recent offer brings Nebraska to The Windy City in hopes of landing a true athletically-gifted wide receiver.

There are fewer priorities higher than nabbing some solid wide receivers this year for Nebraska. Bill Callahan has stressed that they are searching for the "Big Three" or a quarterback, running back and wide receiver. Stephen Benjamin of Chicago (Ill.) Leo Catholic could be just what the doctor ordered.

Coach Kevin Cosgrove of Nebraska was in Chicago to see Benjamin during the evaluation period. What he saw was a 6-foot-2 and 205 wide receiver that runs a 4.5/40. It was enough for Nebraska to offer following the evaluation period.

"Nebraska offered me and I am still receiving a lot of mail from Wisconsin, Iowa, Northwestern and a lot of the other Big 10 schools like Michigan and Michigan State," Benjamin said.

Although he couldn't remember his exact stats off of the top of his head he does now that he had over 500 yards receiving and six interceptions as a safety last year. It was enough for him to earn first team all-Catholic league and all-conference honors last year as well as a pre-season award for all-state.

This summer has been busy for Benjamin who has attended camp at Northwestern and Wisconsin. "We also just started practicing again. The team is in the weight room all the time."

Although he will play both-ways this fall he is being recruited primarily as a wide receiver. "Wisconsin just found out that I play defensive back when I was up there for camp. We played 7-on-7 and they liked me on defense."

The possibility to play wide receiver at Nebraska as they transition to the West Coast Offense has crossed Benjamin's mind. "I like how they are going to open it up and go to the West Coast Offense. I haven't gotten a chance to take a visit there this summer."

"I spoke to Coach Cosgrove during the evaluation period. He's nice. He's pretty much straight to the point. They have an interest in me and want to see more of me."

Beyond the evaluation period the mail has steadily come from Nebraska to Benjamin. "Steady update on how the team is doing. Some of it is hand-written. I get a lot of mail from Northwestern and some from Michigan State and Wisconsin. I am starting to get more from Wisconsin."

Although he hasn't had a chance to really sit down and thing long and hard about a leader the team that is standing out the most to Benjamin currently is Wisconsin. Not only is there an advantage to the Badgers because Benjamin camped there, but there are some former players from the Chicago-area that Stephen is familiar with.

There is one thing for sure for Benjamin right now and that is that there will be a busy fall ahead of him. Not just on the gridiron, but evaluating potential schools as well. "I haven't been able to evaluate the schools like I would like to. I really don't know that much about Nebraska."

Benjamin is looking for a school that will allow him to get a good education in a major that he wishes to pursue. He is also looking for a family environment in the team with players getting along on and off the field.

Benjamin will be a three year varsity starter this year.


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