Pending Decision

The weekend list of visitors stood at two until Saturday when it became evident that there was another recruit in town. The two known recruits were both wide receivers while, ironically, the late addition was a cornerback. It was a cornerback with some ties to one of the new Nebraska coaches and a recruit that was also still committed to another school. What is the status of this recruit?

Nebraska is trying to finish up with a bang bringing in two visitors that are committed to other schools. One of those visitors is Ter'Ran Benton. Benton, a 5-foot-11 and 170-pound cornerback from Arlington (Texas) Mansfield Summit, liked the trip to Nebraska.

"The visit went good," Benton said. "I pretty much liked everything at Nebraska. There were no negatives. I am actually sitting on the airplane right now."

Benton wasn't totally unfamiliar with everything at Nebraska before taking the trip to Lincoln. Benton actually knows a coach at Nebraska from his high school days and at the coach's collegiate coaching days before Nebraska.

"When I was a freshman in high school, playing running back, Coach Tim Beck was the head varsity coach at Arlington (Texas) Mansfield Summit. When he was there I got to know him a little bit.

"I knew about Coach Beck from there. He left before my sophomore year. It's really great getting a chance to look at a school where he is at. He was also recruiting me at Kansas. Now he's at Nebraska."

The late visit might raise an eyebrow to some. Benton is widely considered to be one of the top recruits in Iowa State's class. Benton said that he had to make the trip so he can make his signing this week, confidently.

"It's the last weekend before signing day and I wanted to come here and see how it was. I wanted to get a feel how things were run here under Coach Beck and under Coach Bo Pelini."

Benton isn't going to waste any time with his decision. He is on a flight now back to Dallas and he will talk about his trip and his decision this afternoon during the Super Bowl. It's a dead heat for his services between two schools.

"I am deciding later tonight. I am going to have to talk to my mom and see how she is going to react to it. It's a 50-50 decision between Iowa State and Nebraska."

Benton definitely did make the trip at the last second. The Cyclone coaches were apparently at his school waiting for him when the decision was made to just take the trip to see what Nebraska had to offer.

"Iowa State was waiting for me at school. My mom said to come here in the morning and take a visit. I really wanted to see what it was like before I signed anywhere."


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