2013 Update: OLB Jeremy Benjamin

Jeremy Benjamin

Jeremy Benjamin, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound outside linebacker from McArthur High School (Hollywood, Fla.), has been getting a lot of interest from Florida, Florida State, Kansas and Kansas State and has received offers from Illinois, West Virginia and SMU.

Jeremy Benjamin's recruitment is steadily picking up.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound outside linebacker from McArthur High School (Hollywood, Fla.) has been getting a lot of interest from Florida, Florida State, Kansas and Kansas State and has received offers from Illinois, West Virginia and SMU.

Benjamin, who grew up a Gators fan, attended the Seminoles' junior day a couple weeks ago.

"I loved it, to be honest," he said. "The coaches, like [associate head coach/special teams coordinator/running backs coach] Eddie Gran, he was super friendly and just made me feel comfortable. I was able to be myself.

"Sometimes during recruitment, it might be too much to handle and you might be shy, but I was able to be myself. We formed a nice little relationship there."

Benjamin said he also got to chat with head coach Jimbo Fisher and left with the impression he'd receive an offer soon.

Benjamin doesn't mind leaving the state of Florida for college, but he does want to major in marine biology, so staying near the water will likely be key. Additionally, he said academics are the most important thing to him when choosing a school.

"First thing I'm looking for is a school that it has a strong academic program," he said. "And then a good football program as well."

Benjamin received an offer from the Mustangs a couple weeks ago after speaking with Derrick Odum.

He admittedly doesn't know much about SMU, but is intrigued by their "program on the rise" shtick.

"In my opinion, I would like to play for a school that's on the rise," Benjamin said. "I'd like to be a part of that as opposed to [a program] that's already on top of their game. I want to be a part of that and take the team to the next level."

Benjamin said his greatest strengths on the field are reading plays, reacting fast to the ball and his speed. This offseason, he's really working on increasing his quickness by running track.

He runs the 400- and 200-meters and the 4X100 relay.

"The 200 is my favorite," he said. "I can run it in 21 [seconds]. It's my first year running track and I was pretty surprised [how fast I could run]. I do it to stay in shape and get faster. I have nice speed, but it's always better to get faster if you want to play at the next level."

From FOX Sports/Scout.com's Florida Recruiting Analyst, Geoff Vogt:

"This is a kid that I really like. I think he is a bit of a project, but the upside is there to be a big-time player down the road.

"Legit 6-foot-2…Long arms…He will fill out to be plenty big down the road."


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