FL prospect eyeing Wake visit

Wake Forest recruits the South Florida area hard every year with Coach Ray McCartney spearheading the efforts in the region to bring in top talent. Jeremiah Benjamin, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound linebacker from Hollywood's McArtur High School, is a player the staff would love to bring in. He recently listed Wake Forest in his top five and is hoping to get an official visit squared away soon.

"The only visit I have scheduled is to Marshall on October 25th," said Jeremiah Benjamin. "I'd like to make visits to Wake Forest, FIU, and West Virginia. I'm in contact with Coach Jackson and Coach Mac [at Wake Forest]. It's just a matter of trying to find a way to fit in the visits with my schedule."

Benjamin has Texas A&M in his top five too, but isn't sure about being able to make all five of his allotted official visits. He also holds offers from Kentucky, Minnesota, Purdue, Memphis, and SMU. After he makes his visits, Benjamin believes he'll have what he needs to know to make his college decision.

"The school's academics will play a big role in my choice," he explained. "I'd like to major in health sciences, so I want to look at each school's program while I'm there and compare them. As far as playing time goes, I don't need to play immediately, but I'd like to play in the near future. I'd love to play as a true freshman. I know some players don't get to do that, which is fine, as long as I get a fair shot."

At McArthur, Benjamin plays outside linebacker in a 4-2-5 defensive scheme. In his senior season he's serving as the captain of defense. The Mustangs are 3-3 in Florida 7A District 15 competing against top Broward County schools like perennial powerhouse, St. Thomas Aquinas.

"It's going alright," Benjamin said on his senior year. "I'm breaking down plays before they happen and reacting much quicker than I was a year ago. This year, in taking on more of a leadership role, I'm become more vocal in making sure we're in position and ready to play."

Benjamin plans on playing baseball at McArthur after the season. He pitches and plays centerfield. In track, he competes in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and throws the shot put. He's also played two-guard on the basketball team. He's played on varsity since his freshman year, but missed most of his sophomore season due to injury. He wears No. 44 for the football Mustangs who'll face Plantation this weekend in District play.

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