Villa Park High School
Coming out of Villa Park High School, James Benton was a known commodity. At 6-5, 275-pounds, he was among the biggest and most physical defensive linemen in Orange County. However, academic issues prevented him from accepting a scholarship. Now, in his sophomore season at Fullerton College, James Benton has a second chance.
As a freshman in 2000, James was one of the top defensive linemen in the Mission Conference playing defensive end for the Hornets. He grew to approximately 6-6, 285-pound and made a huge impact as the Hornets went 3-2 in the Central Division of the Mission Conference.
Benton was named second team All-Conference following the season. Unfortunately, he was injured following the season and was unable to perform a variety of physical tasks during the Spring. Once he recovered, he worked hard and has been playing well once again this season, as the Hornets have opened the season with a 3-2 record.
James is big, physical and can run very well. The photo above give you an indication of James' stature. Universities all over the country are expressing great interest in him. Big name universities including Tennessee, Colorado State, Florida, Kansas State and many mid-level I-A schools including San Diego State, Idaho, Boise State, and others are in regular contact with James.
The only knock on him at this point is that he won't be academically ready to transfer until after the Summer session. Thus, he won't be able to participate in Spring or Summer drills with his new team. However, he has three seasons to play his two remaining years of eligibility, so he could redshirt next season and play in 2003. Considering his size, strength, and mobility, these universities will likely stick with James as he takes care of business in the classroom.
RECRUITING PROFILE: James Benton
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