Arrelious Benn, WR, 6'2, 208, 4.4, WASHINGTON D.C. (DUNBAR HS):
There is no doubt about it...Arrelious Been is one of the best wide receivers in the country. Blessed with great size and speed that all college coaches are looking for, Benn is a cut above all but a selected few wide receivers in the country.
Been goes into his senior year a rare four-year starter at wide receiver, but he has also taken a couple of snaps at quarterback and safety. He finished last season with catches for 1,149 and 17 touchdowns.
"My size and explosiveness is what gives me an advantage on the field," said Benn. "I have good hands and because of my size I always seem to have the match-up advantage no matter if I am against a cornerback, safety or linebacker. My size and speed definitely are what give me advantages on the field, and I think I do a great job of taking advantage of them."
Benn can bench 285 pounds, squats 450 and he has posted a 38-inch vertical jump. He runs the 100M (10.6), 200M (21.20), 4X100 (second), 4X200 (first).
Last year Benn went to camps at Penn State, Maryland, Illinois, but this year he has yet to camp anywhere. He was going back to Penn State, but had to take the ACT on the same day. He has already been offered by some 50 schools, but right now he is just taking it all in.
"It is crazy," said Benn. "You can't respond to everybody. I didn't know I was going to get this many scholarship offers. At times it is overwhelming, but I work to stay humble and just handle it."
"I like Notre Dame, Florida State, Illinois, USC and Maryland." said Benn. "I also like Oklahoma. Really, I am wide open and still looking at a number of different schools."
What does Benn think of the Sooners?
"I like Oklahoma, but I have to get out there and see it," said Benn. "I like their athletic ability at OU and their football program, but I have to get out there and see for myself what it is all about. I am going to try to get out to Oklahoma this summer on an unofficial visit."
What will be the key factors in his decision?
"I don't want a coach or coaches that are blowing smoke up my butt," said Benn. "I want coaches to be honest with me, and I know there are some coaches who are not being honest out there. How my position breaks down, who the quarterback is and the style of offense will be important. Also, the head coach's stability is going to be very important. I want to play for a school where the head coach is going to be there while I am going to school there."
Benn will take his ACT test this summer.
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