2016 Target: Benny LeMay

MATTHEWS, N.C. --- A friendship with a future Tar Heel has North Carolina among the favorites for Benny LeMay, a 5-foot-9, 209-pound running back from David Butler High School.

Scouting Report

“What you see isn’t exactly what you get,” Butler head coach Brian Hales said. “When you look at him you see a thick kid. But he’s a lot more than that. He does a great job of catching the ball out of the backfield. There are times when we’ll split him out and throw him the ball. He’s one of the keys for why we’re able to do so much offensively, because of how much he knows and can do.

“His ball security is great. He runs hard, he breaks tackles. His pass protection is awesome.”

Prep Career

Prior to high school, LeMay played in several youth All-American games at tailback.

After starting at fullback for Butler’s nationally ranked NCHSAA 4AA title team in 2012, LeMay was moved to his more natural position, tailback, as a sophomore. That season, he rushed for 1,380 yards and 26 touchdowns. He added 650 yards and seven touchdowns in receptions.


LeMay has been offered a scholarship by Charlotte, while schools like Clemson, Duke, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Ohio State, and Tennessee have expressed significant interest.

In June, LeMay camped at UNC.

“I liked the way Coach [Larry] Porter talked to the team,” LeMay said. “He taught me a lot of things. I came back with more than I came in with.”

Following the camp, Porter provided LeMay an update on a possible UNC offer.

“He said he was really interested,” LeMay said. “He said he just wanted to take his time and let the recruiting process roll.”

LeMay hears from someone at UNC at least once a month. In addition to Porter, he communicates with Gunter Brewer, who recruits the Charlotte area for UNC.

Besides UNC, LeMay camped at Clemson and Tennessee this past summer.

LeMay’s older brothers, Christian and Uriah, played football at Georgia before both recently transferred out – Christian, a quarterback, to Jacksonville State and Uriah, a wide receiver, to Charlotte. The connection, though, that will likely have a more profound effect on LeMay’s recruitment is his friendship with Anthony Ratliff-Williams, who will enroll at UNC in January.

“It definitely has been under consideration,” LeMay said. “I’m just waiting to see how it goes on the field this year and we’ll see what happens.”

With that said, LeMay lists Clemson, UNC, and Ohio State as his top three schools.

“Those three schools are family oriented,” LeMay said. “I like the way they coach. Ohio State isn’t really close to home, but Clemson and UNC are close to home.”

Extra Notes

Beyond football, LeMay runs track for Butler participating in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. His personal best times were 11.8 and 25.8 in the 100 and 200, respectively… LeMay grew up in Florida. His father was a team chaplain for the Gators during Urban Meyer’s tenure. That connection has made LeMay an Ohio State fan, where Meyer is currently the head coach.

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