Tampa is full of young talented prospects and Team Tampa showcases them. One name to keep an eye on is Middleton's Richard Benjamin, a 6-foot-1, 180 pound athlete that plays a number of different positions and was recently named a standout receiver at the MVP camp in Orlando this past Saturday.
"I play just about everywhere," said Benjamin. "I played safety, corner, receiver, QB, and special teams."
As a sophomore Benjamin played safety, corner, wide receiver and kickoff/punt returner for Middleton and was productive where ever he lined up
"On offense I had 18 catches for 528 yards and 5 touchdowns. On defense I had three interceptions with two returned for scores, and 1 sack," said Benjamin. "On special teams I had 12 kick-off returns for over 300 yards and 6 or 7 punt returns for more than 200 yards."
The talented sophomore is already gaining interest from college programs.
"I've been talking to Kansas, and got interest from them and New Mexico," said Benjamin. "Miami and Florida State has been sending me letters too, but the most interest has been form Kansas, They're going to coming to see me this spring."
It's early in the recruiting process and the rising junior has a few schools he's interested in hearing from.
"Florida State, USF, Miami, LSU," said Benjamin. "I like any schools that are interested in me."
The Middleton stand-out plays just a stone's throw from the USF campus, knows current Bulls Lindsay Lamar and Terrence Mitchell, and has been to the Ray Jay to watch them play.
"They're building and coming together strong," said Benjamin. "I saw them against Rutgers, they played good and as a team. T-Rex showed off his skills at kickoff return and catching."
Benjamin will get to showcase his skills some more as he's also been participating in Team Tampa's practices for the upcoming Badger Sports 7on7 tournament to be held on the campus of USF on March 12-13. The talented sophomore says what makes him a special player.
"You never know what I'm going to do next. I'm explosive and I work hard," said Benjamin. "This spring I'm going to work harder get focused more and get bigger."
We caught up Richard after the team's practice on Sunday and you can watch the video here: