Benedict very familiar with Rocky Top

One of Florida's top prospects needs a blackberry just to keep up with his daily offers. With 42 official offers, it's not easy for Brent Benedict to keep up with every college team that has extended him an offer. One thing all the attention the offers has brought is a more focused and more detailed offensive lineman. What connection does he have to Rocky Top? Go inside to find out.

One of Florida's top prospects needs a blackberry just to keep up with his daily offers.

With 42 official offers, it's not easy for Brent Benedict to keep up with every college team that has extended him an offer. One thing all the attention the offers has brought is a more focused and more detailed offensive lineman.

"It's hard to keep up with everything," Benedict laughed. "I have to stay organized with all the mail and all the stuff I get everyday. It's been a fun process; I will probably start narrowing things down in the next couple of weeks."

While the Jacksonville Bolles product won't name an early favorite or a top five list, he said that there are five schools that he is more familiar with than the others.

"I would say that I'm more familiar with Florida, Tennessee, Clemson, South Carolina and Georgia," Benedict told InsideTennessee.com last Thursday. "Right now I'm pretty wide open to these schools and a few more."

Benedict's older brother Heath attended the University of Tennessee for two years before transferring to a Division 2 school, his time at Rocky Top has definitely left an impression on the younger of the two.

"I have been to the Tennessee campus a lot," Benedict said. "Heath really enjoyed his time there, the campus is beautiful and the passion of their fans is incredible."

In fact it's one of Tennessee's traditions that has left a deep impression with the talented offensive lineman.

"There is nothing more exciting than the Vol Walk before a ballgame," Benedict said. "Game day at Rocky Top is hard to beat for overall atmosphere and excitement."

Former Alabama coach and former recruiter of the year Lance Thompson is recruiting Benedict for the Vols.

"Coach Thompson stopped by the school the other day," Benedict said. "I'm going to call him tonight and let him know I appreciate him stopping by the school."

Benedict, a 6-foot-5, 290-pound lineman, expects to make a final decision sometime over the summer.

Benedict plans on staying busy this summer with planned trips to both the University of Southern California and UCLA. He has spent most of his spring already taking unofficial visits to numerous campuses.

"I just want to take my time and explore a lot of my options," Benedict said. "I want to find that perfect fit for me."


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