Benjamin surprised by early interest

One of the early names to be receiving attention from Notre Dame is Florida native Richard Benjamin. Irish Eyes spoke with the Class of 2013 wide receiver to learn more.

While most high school prospects enjoy the fact they are getting scholarship offers and attention from recruiting writers from across the country, Richard Benjamin of Tampa (FL) Middleton High School felt things would not heat up until a year from now at the best.

"All of the attention I'm getting from schools was a surprise to me," Benjamin said by phone. "I did not think things would start happening until I was going into my senior year."

One programs Benjamin reports an offer from is Notre Dame. While he's been told he has an offer, he has not really talked with a coach from the Irish.

"I'm not even sure who the coach is from Notre Dame. All I know is a Notre Dame coach came to my schools and left me a note saying they were offering me."

While Richard doesn't know much about the Irish, he is looking to take a visit and find out more this summer.

"I know Notre Dame is a good program but I do not know much about them just yet. I'm hoping to visit there this summer for camp."

One thing the 6-foot-1, 180-pound receiver is thinking hard about is leaving his home state.

"Right now I'm planning on leaving the state. I'm really looking forward to explore new things."

At this time Richard holds twelve verbal scholarship offers. Who has already jumped on board early?

I have offers from Cincinnati, Kansas, Florida State, Miami, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Ohio State, Texas Tech, South Florida, USC, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest."

One thing Richard does know is what type of degree he would like to earn.

"I want to study business management in college."

One the field Richard has big plans as to the position he wants to play.

"I want to play on both sides of the ball. I feel my strengths as a wide receiver is when I get the ball I'm very explosive coming out of my routes and you don't know what I'm going to do next or what is going to happen. I feel I need to work on getting my hands up when the ball is coming and getting off the jam much better. On defense I need to work on finishing the play."

As for how fast the talented Benjamin will make his college decision, he has a plan in place.

"I know I'm going to take all five of my official visits, but once they are done I will be looking to make my commitment."

Irish Eyes will continue to follow the path of this young talented athlete in the coming months. Top Stories