Three-star LB high on SMU

From a pool of more than 20 offers, this highly touted linebacker has SMU sitting in his top three

With a whopping 23 confirmed offers, McArthur (FL) linebacker Jeremy Benjamin has SMU very high on his list.

"They're up on my top ten," Benjamin said. "On my list they're like three. I haven't done too much research on them but from what I've learned they have an up and coming football team."

Benjamin, who has received offers from the likes of Texas A&M, Stanford and West Virginia, has been in regular conversation with SMU defensive backs coach Derrick Odum with whom he has developed a comfortable relationship.

Odum, who is entering his fifth year on the Mustangs coaching staff, is the primary reason that Benjamin's interest in SMU's football program is higher than his interest in quite a few BCS programs.

"That's why they're so far up on my list," Benjamin said. "I haven't been able to take any visits so right now I'm pretty much judging it off of the relationship I have with the coaches and my research I do on the schools."

In addition to his relationship with the coaches, Benjamin says that the academic prestige of the university is also being factored into his college commitment equation. Although being an elite athlete at the collegiate level is one of his goals, books come first to Benjamin, who plans to major in marine biology.

"Academics come first with me," Benjamin said.

One of the biggest upcoming changes for SMU is the swiftly approaching migration to the Big East. Benjamin, who hails from Hollywood, FL just outside of Ft. Lauderdale, is pleased about the possible opportunity to play teams that are closer to his native community.

"It's good to know that my family will be able to come to my games because we're playing some of the schools that are close to home," Benjamin said.

The three-star prospect has yet to take any college visits but says he doesn't have any timeline as to when he will commit. He plans to start touring colleges in the fall and will make his decision afterwards. His immediate focus is to help his McArthur Mustangs make the postseason in his final year.

"Playoffs, we're looking for the playoffs," Benjamin said. "We just have a really young team. They have potential for the future."

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