2017 4-star running back building relationship with SMU

Billy talked with 2017 Wylie East (Tex.) running back Eno Benjamin at The Opening about his SMU interest and recruitment.

2017 Scout 100 running back Eno Benjamin came out to The Opening in Coppell on Sunday to showcase his abilities and didn't disappoint, but didn't earn an invite to California for The Opening Finals.

"Just that I'm one of the best in the nation and to (try to) get that invite," the 5-10, 187-pound back said. "My work ethic and ability to do the drills right (will separate me)."


Texas, Texas A&M, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio State and Northwestern all got visits from the four-star running back so far this year along with SMU with the northern schools standing out with Iowa as his current leader.

"All of them really stood out to me. I've been to Texas and Texas A&M before so that was kind of the same thing, but I went up north for the first time and got a good feeling on that. I was impressed with that."

Benjamin hears from running backs coach Claude Mathis a fair amount and visited for one of SMU's first junior days of the spring.

"I've been there a couple times so I know what the feeling is like over there. It's just about building a relationship and going from there. I like those people up there so it's a good thing," Benjamin said. "He was at the high school level so he knows where we're at right now and just to take us to the next level up there."

The Wylie East running back watched SMU running backs Xavier Jones and Braeden West and was impressed with their production under Mathis' direction.

"Their running backs kind of produced last year so that's also a good thing," Benjamin said. "It's just like what we run at our school so I'm kind of used to that. I wouldn't have to learn too much and just get it done."

Last night, Benjamin announced his top 10 that included SMU along with Arizona, Baylor, Houston, Iowa, Missouri, Michigan, Northwestern, Oklahoma State and Vanderbilt. There are five other schools that are "still in it," but he's not looking at new offers at this point.

"No sir," Benjamin told Greg Powers when asked if there were an offers that he was hungry to get. "At this point right now if they haven't offered I am guessing that I am a second choice priority and I am going at it like that. That is where I am at right now."

As a junior, Benjamin rushed for 2,652 yards and 41 touchdowns on more than seven yards per carry, in addition to 18 catches for 232 yards and two touchdowns. He accounted for 2,884 yards from scrimmage and 43 total touchdowns.

Benjamin said any future visits this spring will depend on his schedule, but hasn't planned out too many stops.



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