2010 Prospect Intro: Bene Bewikere

It's pretty well accepted that superior competition will make you better. For Bene Bewikere, the cornerback prospect from Gardena (Calif.) Serra, it's definitely the case, having to face perhaps the best receiver group in the nation in practice...

Gardena (Calif.) Serra cornerback Bene Benwikere may never get the competition in a game that he'll get in practice.

The 5-11, 180-pound Benwikere gets to go up against elite receivers Robert Woods and George Farmer every day in practice, and now Paul Richardson, the UCLA-committed receiver who will transfer from Los Alamitos, will join the mix, forming arguably the top receiver corps in the country.

It's that competition in practice that has enabled Benwikere to become one of the better corner prospects in the Southland, and already Benwikere has three scholarship offers.

"UNLV has offered me, San Diego State and New Mexico State offered me verbally and then I got the official letters on Monday," said Benwikere. "Washington State said they had high interest in me and Nevada and Boise State, I like them, too."

Benwikere said three more Pac-10 schools have been picking up their interest in him also, and he thinks after spring they could extend offers.

"Washington has come by the school and they've been talking with me," said Benwikere. "I talked to UCLA, when I went up to the school last week. And Oregon State has also been showing a lot of interest in me lately."

Those three made Benwikere's list of his top seven schools.

"My top schools are Oregon State, UCLA, Washington, Boise State, Oklahoma, which is my dad's alma mater, Nevada and UNLV," said Benwikere. "I do want to take some visits."

Benwikere is planning to camp at UCLA and USC this summer, and he'll be back at the Scout.com Combine later this month where, last year, he had one of the best forty times (4.61) from the underclassmen.

While he'll get a chance to play some receiver this season, with the three receivers Serra has, there probably won't be too many balls thrown his way. So he'll settle for being the lockdown cornerback.

"All the schools are looking at me as a corner and that's what I want to play," said Benwikere. "I'd like to add another 10 pounds of muscle. But I think I'll have a good year. We'll have some intense practices."

Academically, Benwikere took the SAT earlier this month.

As a junior at Serra, Benwikere had 22 tackles and scored a touchdown in helping the Cavs to the CIF-SS Northwest Division final.


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