Coach comments on new commit Patrick Benoist

VandyMania spoke with Carroll High School (Southlake, Texas) head coach Todd Dodge about new Vanderbilt commit, linebacker Patrick Benoist.

As a junior, Patrick Benoist recorded 129 tackes and 13 tackles for losses for Carroll High School (Southlake, TX), the 2004 Texas 5A champion and USA Today's 2004 National Championship high school football team.

"Patrick called me yesterday and told me that he had committed to Vanderbilt. I'm just really excited for him. I think it's going to be a great fit. He's a tremendous player. He's a blend between a good run stopper and a guy that can really run at the linebacker position. He ran a sub 23 second 200 meters in track for us this year at 210 pounds. Vanderbilt is getting an outstanding player and even a better person."

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"He's a great kid; very, very intelligent. He was looking for a fit of an up-and-coming program that was obviously very strong academically. We're thrilled to death to have him be a part of Coach Johnson's program."

"He has played 32 consecutive games for us. He has been on our state finalist team as a sophomore and our state championship team last year. He has been a middle linebacker. We are moving him to an outside linebacker position to take more advantage of his speed. I believe that the biggest upside to Patrick is he's a great blend of a guy that is a physical player that can really run. He's a physical run-stopper, a sideline to sideline guy but he's also really good at pass coverage also. I think he's a very versatile linebacker."

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