May 21, 2009

Benedict wants to learn more about the Bucks

The Ohio State coaching staff might have to set up satellite offices in the state of Florida the way that they have been hitting the Sunshine State through the past several of years. Each week it seems as if more and more names come out on the recruiting radar and one of the newest names to emerge is Jacksonville (Fla.) Bolles offensive tackle Brent Benedict.

The 6-foot-5, 278-pounder has been no secret on the national recruiting trail already ranked as a four star prospect and a member of the Rivals100 (No. 40). Benedict already holds more than 20 offers and that number is like much higher with so many schools coming in to check out the big lineman.

"Things are going very well," Benedict said. "We just finished up spring football and it was very exciting plus we had a lot of coaches come in and our team came together very nicely."

Benedict's Bolles team is coming off of a 14-0 season and a state championship and expectations are high for a repeat performance once the whistle blows for the 2009 season.

Florida, Georgia, Arkansas, Alabama and UCLA were all present at one point or another during spring practices at Bolles high school but another program has thrown its hat into the ring.

"Ohio State did come in and has offered me verbally and said that they have sent the written letter to me," Benedict said. "(Jim Bollman) was at practice the other day. I am not allowed to speak with him officially but I am excited about Ohio State and it is definitely a school that I have a lot of interest in."

Benedict has never had an opportunity to check out Ohio State firsthand yet but he knows plenty about the Buckeyes with the national reach that most programs have with the current broadcast deals and with the Buckeyes success through the years.

"They are a very successful football and academic program," Benedict said. "I know Ohio State has always been big time football and national championship contenders every year."

With so many suitors it will be a difficult decision for Benedict and he really is not in any rush at this point to try and narrow his list.

"It is still fairly early but I think pretty soon I will have a list that I will make after sitting down with my parents and kind of try and figure out what kind of schools I am interested in," Benedict said. "Hopefully this summer I will be able to get around and look at a few more schools that I haven't seen like Ohio State, Penn State and Notre Dame."

Benedict was featured earlier this year as a Physical Freak in a Rivals.com AMP production but how does Benedict himself describe himself?

"I have spoken with a few of the fathers of players on my team who actually were offensive linemen in the NFL," Benedict said. "(They) have told me that my playing style resembles Gary Zimmerman with just the way that I come off the ball and certain things that I do."

But the humble 2010 star was quick to say that those were lofty comparisons to make between an NFL great and a high school player.

The only offensive linemen rated higher are Saint Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall's Seantrel Henderson, the nation's No. 1 player, North Carolina pledge James Hurst, NC State commit Robert Crisp and Nashville (Tenn.) Maplewood recruit James Stone.

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