Junior Wide Receiver Piling Up Offers

If early offers from top programs are any indication of a player's ability, Arrelious Benn of Dunbar high school's (Washington, D.C.) will be one of the top overall players in the 2007 recruiting class. Irish Eyes caught up with Dunbar head coach Craig Jefferies to see what makes his wide receiver such a special player.

"He's a very good kid," Jefferies said of Arrelious Benn. "He's got 4.4 – 4.5 (forty-yard) speed. He's a hard worker and does whatever you tell him to do – he's coachable.

"He has all the qualities that a great receiver or football player has. He's tough to stop when he gets his hands on the ball. He'll run by you, stiff arm you or run through you. He's a big, physical receiver, but he has the speed. He'll run through anybody.

"Personally he's a great kid; polite, well mannered," Jefferies said of his star receiver. "What I really like about him is that he does the little things. He's the best player on the team, but he'll carry the water and put the dummies up. He does the little things that other kids think that they're too big to do."

The Dunbar program should be familiar to Notre Dame fans for several reasons, but most recently the Irish recruited another standout wide receiver from Jefferies program, James MacDonald last year.

"Arrelious is flat out speed. He's probably a little more physical than James," Jefferies said comparing MacDonald and Benn. "If they're standing next to each other they're about the same height, but Arrelious almost looks like an outside linebacker. He's about 195, close to 200 pounds; he's put together pretty well and he looks physical. He kind of looks like David Boston, who used to play for Ohio State."

The Dunbar program has had several top players filter through over the years; MacDonald is currently at Penn State, Vernon Davis (Maryland), Marcus Winbush (Maryland) and Luke Cain (Syracuse). So Jefferies knows a good player when he sees one.

"I believe in having good kids that are going to make good decisions and who are smart," coach Jefferies explained. "That's the type of kid that I want in my program. Those are the type of guys that develop in the Dunbar program, and Arrelious is probably one of the better all-around players that I've, and we've had some great ones."

"He already has about nine or ten offers," Jefferies said of Benn's scholarship offers "Florida State, Florida, Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, and Illinois are some of them."

Comments: Coach Jefferies said that the new Irish staff hadn't been in contact with him about Benn at this time, but I assume that will change quickly as Notre Dame should be able to receive consideration from the top wide receivers in the country – and Benn should be one of them.

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