"Oregon came by the other day and I think they will eventually offer me because I know they're interested in me," said Benyard. "Washington State said they would be coming down and I think Coach (Brian) Polian from Notre Dame is coming out. Air Force was there (Monday), and a USC coach has come by. UCLA said they would be coming by, too."
"I'm waiting to see what all of my options are, and I want to take my time," said Benyard. "I know a lot of schools wanted to see me this spring. I've been working on my feet and doing better at moving and I want people to see that."
Benyard has five schools that are standing out for him, with only one having offered, so he's putting off any kind of decision until he knows where he stands with each.
"My top five are Washington, Notre Dame, Oregon, UCLA and USC," said Benyard. "I don't have a leader though. I'm wide open with those five."
Benyard has attended Junior Days at Notre Dame and San Diego State and caught part of Washington's Spring Practice. He's also planned to visit USC and UCLA unofficially, possibly for 1-Day Camps this spring.
He's focusing greatly on a number of factors when he chooses a school. "One big thing for me is the camaraderie with my teammates, and how everyone gets a long, that is key," said Benyard. "I want to play in a strong program with the coaching being strong. And I want to know things like how are they teaching us and are they helping us outside of football. The academic part, will there be tutors, will there be study hall, so I don't have to fall behind."
Benyard has a 3.0 GPA and will take the SAT this spring.
Later this month, he will be at the UnderArmour/Scout.com Combine in Los Angeles. A top 30-ranked tackle nationally by Scout, Benyard helped lead Cathedral to the CIF-San Diego Section title last fall.