As we stated before we knew it wouldn't be long before we had to feature 2017 Seneca running back Jacory Benson. Seeing him workout and train as an 8th grader it was only a matter of time and Benson came into his own last season as a sophomore. We caught up with the promising prospect recently to talk about his sophomore season and outlook for the future.
During his sophomore season Benson ran for 986 yards and 11 touchdowns. He amassed 1,051 all-purpose yards for the Bobcats.
The 5'9 165 pound prospect broke down the game he felt was his most outstanding this past season for us too.
"To me I had a couple of breakout games that I felt like I just couldn't be stopped. But if I had to choose one it would have to be the first game of the season last year against Greenville. I put up 2 touchdowns and picked up a couple of key blocks for my team. I ended the night with 230 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns and lead our team to a 49-34 win. This game was so special to me because I went from being a small time player to a key player in a couple of minutes. Also for this being my first high school varsity game it made it a little special to me and pushed me to show everyone that I can be a big time player and make key plays for my team."
There's a certain air of electricity to Benson's game on the field and he broke down things for us regarding his play.
"To me my biggest strengths have to be my footwork, my speed, my patience, and my vision."
"This off season I've been working on getting stronger so I can become a better blocker and break more tackles. Also I've just been working to get faster because it's always good to be faster than everyone. I've also been watching a lot of film of myself and other people so I can see what I need to work on to better myself."
It came as no surprise to us when Benson told us which player he likes to watch and pattern his game and style of play after. As we said before there's a type of electricity watching Benson on the field in his style of play, similar to the one guy he really enjoys mimicking to a degree.
"C.J. Spiller! He's a pretty fast running back just like I am and always finds the holes and hits them hard. He can also take over games when the ball gets in his hands by using his speed. But almost everything is good about him, he is a humble guy and you never hear about him getting in trouble off the field. So I look up to him to try and better myself on and off the field."
Looking ahead to his junior season next year Benson talked about the goals for his Seneca team and himself.
"This year we have high expectations for ourselves. All of us just have to go out there and do our parts to better the team and give all we've got when we're doing it. I've set some goals for myself next season is to average 12+ yards on every carry i get and end every game with 190 yards or better and score 3 touchdowns a game. I'd also like to pick up some offers along the way too."
Speaking of offers Benson says his coach has told him that schools are asking about him but he hasn't divulged which ones to him yet.
The 2017 prospect is also a standout on the track and has personal records of 11.6 seconds in the 100 meters and 22.45 seconds in the 200 meters. At the Elite Position Training Football Skills Showcase last month Benson ran one of the fastest 40 times on a laser in 4.46 seconds.
A well-rounded student-athlete Benson currently reports a 3.8 GPA in the classroom and he's not satisfied with his work there either.
"As of right now I've got a 3.8 GPA but it should go up."
Stay tuned here on SCPrepNation.com as we'll continue to follow Jacory Benson's recruitment during the next two seasons. If he continues to grow and improve as we expect him to then don't be surprised to see him grab plenty of attention next season as a junior piling up big numbers for the Bobcats as one of the state's most dynamic speed backs in 2017.
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