Benjamin stays true

Tampa Catholic wide Receiver Zach Benjamin committed to USF back in October, and on Wednesday made it official. Benjamin, 6-foot-5 and 192-pound rangy receiver nicknamed "Big Bird talks to about how it feels now he's a Bull.

Unlike some of his fellow former-USF commits, the firing of Head Coach Skip Holtz did not interfere with Zach Benjamin's decision to attend school in Tampa. Benjamin kept his commitment to South Florida on National Signing Day.

Although Holtz and Coach Rick Smith were the main two recruiters for Benjamin, he still felt good about his commitment throughout the entire recruiting process.

"I feel that I can run good routes and can go up for the ball and come down with it," said Benjamin. "I can stretch the field whether it's for me or to distract the safety or another wide receiver to get the ball. Plus, I think I might be able to play early if I come in and can compete with some of the other wide receivers."

Benjamin originally committed to USF because of its closeness to his home in Tampa and its academic reputation. The hiring of Willie Taggart as head coach was just another plus for Benjamin.

"I almost committed to Western Kentucky with Coach Taggart, so everything really worked out for me."

Benjamin says he is relieved the recruiting process is over and that he is set at USF as a Bull.

As a senior, Benjamin finished the season with 25 receptions for 320 yards and five touchdowns.

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