Thus far, the off-season has treated Elysian Fields High School running back Joe Benefield very well; he has already added 15 pounds to his bench, and taken off two-tenths of a second from his 40-time.
This 6-foot 212 pound senior from Far East Texas now benches 265 and has a 4.65 40. In his junior year he garnered an almost school record 2090 yards and 21 touchdowns.
This year, Benefield hopes to surpass last year's accomplishments. "I want to break every school record there is for a running back. I want to do it all. I want the records, I want to win state, and I want to play at the next level."
These are pretty impressive accomplishments for a guy who has no official offers so far. "I haven't heard anything official yet, but I'm not worried. As long as I keep working hard, it will come to me."
When PonyStampede.com asked Benefield about his top schools on Tuesday morning, he listed Texas A&M, UTEP, Oklahoma State, Iowa State, and SMU. He has only been able to attend one camp this summer, and that was a UTEP camp held in East Texas; however, he was able to attend SMU Junior Day.
"The campus was really nice. It was also much bigger than I expected, and I liked to see that. Academics are my number one priority when looking at schools and I know SMU has good academics. I could see it happening there."
As far as a commitment, Benefield hopes to get that out of the way before the season starts.
"Hopefully I'll be able to take care of the recruiting stuff in August and get it out of the way before the season starts. I don't want to deal with that while I'm trying to help my team win a state championship."
Benefield is awaiting his ACT scores and currently has a 2.9 GPA.