Hearing from assistant coach Ted Gilmore over social media a month ago, Waco (TX) La Vega wide receiver Brandon Benson was told the first year Wisconsin coach would be coming to visit him. With most of his scholarship offers and recruiting interest from schools in Texas, the midlands and the Southwest, the 6-3, 185-pound Benson was albeit a little skeptical if Gilmore would actually come.
Not only did he follow through on his word, Gilmore ended the get together by putting a full scholarship right on the table in front of him.
“I didn’t think much of it but when I saw him in the office I was real surprised,” Benson told BadgerNation. “I am pretty familiar with the athletic program but academic wise I don’t know much. He told me that I fit very well with my size and speed. He says I can fill a big role, and he liked my game from what he saw on film. He said I’d be a great fit in Wisconsin’s football program.”
Benson believed Gilmore at his word, especially since he emphasized all the different teaching points he’s currently giving his college receivers.
“He told me I’d have to deal with him if I do chose to go to Wisconsin,” Benson joked. “Knowing that the guy who will be coaching my position likes what he sees gives me a little bit more confidence going in. I like that.”
Defining his game as “physical” and “attacking,” Benson – rated a three-star prospect and the No.98 receiver in the county by Scout.com - finished his junior season with 36 catches for 863 yards and 16 touchdowns.
“I like to play real fast and be very exciting,” said Benson. “When you see me playing, I like to celebrate and make people laugh and have fun. We’re not really a big passing school, so anytime they gave me the opportunity I just took it and ran with it. I am really looking forward to having a bigger season than last year.”
Holding offers from Colorado State, Illinois (which he also received Monday), Kansas, North Texas, SMU, Texas State and Texas Tech, Benson says he wants to visit schools like Illinois, Kansas, SMU, Texas Tech and Wisconsin but admits recruiting is currently on the back of his mind.
“I really haven’t put too much thought into it,” he said. “I’m just enjoying the recruiting process as of now, but I’m going to start looking into it a little more and become more familiar with the schools I would like to go to.”