4-Star LB Jeremy Benjamin ready to decide


There could be a decision from four-star athlete Jeremy Benjamin (Hollywood, Fla./McArthur) this week as the 6-foot-2, 220-pound senior has appeared to narrow his choices.

"I'm close to coming to a decision," Benjamin said. "Wake Forest, Florida International, West Virginia and Marshall are the ones that really stick out. It'll probably come this week or early next week."

Benjamin will make his decision without taking official visits. Of the four programs he's only taken an unofficial to Florida International, which is just a few minutes from his home. He will likely take his officials after his senior year.

"All of the programs in my final group are places that I feel really comfortable with," Benjamin said. "I know each one of them has a plan for me."

Benjamin proceeded to break down each of the schools.

Wake Forest: "I feel like I can fit it there, they show a lot of love and support. They want me in their family. That's big. I don't want to go somewhere that there isn't full interest. They feel very good about me and how I can fit in their program."

FIU: "Same thing in terms of comfort level. I have the best relationship with their whole coaching staff from the head coach, offensive and defensive coordinators, linebackers coach...I talk to all of them on a weekly basis. When FIU wants you they go all in with the whole staff. They are also open to playing me at different positions and giving me a chance to show my versatility."

West Virginia: "They have been after me for a while now. Coach [Robert] Gillespie is the first coach I really formed a relationship with. Great program with a strong, aggressive defense. I like the idea of playing in the Big XII."

Marshall: "I don't know as much about their program but I like the coaching staff. Marshall coaches staff sticks out because when I talk to coach [JaJuan] Seider he asks me about my family, he knows my siblings names, he knows my mother's names. That seems like a small thing but it means a lot that he took the time to learn about my personal life."

As for his position in college, Benjamin seems to has the size for linebacker but he's worn many hats during his high school career. These days he'll play defensive end, linebacker and safety on defense while playing wide receiver on offense.

"I'm playing on both sides of the ball right now," Benjmain said. "I'm playing a little wide receiver. Nothing new to me."

"In reality linebacker is where I fit. I've always played safety and quarterback and wide receiver. I was more of an option quarterback, not much of an accurate passer. But at the next level I would love to play safety. I think I can bring a different skill set to the position."