ESPN 300 WR Benjamin warms to USF


ESPN 300 wide receiver Richard Benjamin (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Bay Tech) was back at Raymond James Stadium for the second time in three weeks to watch South Florida take on Florida State.

The 6-foot-1, 194-pound senior has had a 180-degree turn happen in his relationship with the South Florida program.

“It was a pretty exciting game,” Benjamin said. “The offense did some good things. They need a few more playmakers, but you can tell that they were close to having some big plays.

“They competed hard against a top-five program and I respect that.”

Benjamin hasn’t decided on official visits yet but says Louisville, Texas A&M and Purdue are schools that have been recruiting him hard and are very much in the picture.

At South Florida he has spoken to some of his friends on the team – sophomore wide receivers Andre Davis and Ruben Gonzalez – and likes what he’s hearing from them.

“They love the program and they are trying to get me to join them for next season,” Benjamin said. “It’s certainly a possibility when you think about playing in your hometown and in front of your family, but I can’t rush into another decision.”

Benjamin previously committed to UCF in July but split from the program two months later. It’s unclear whether the Knights are still in the picture.

“We talk a little but that’s about it,” Benjamin said. “Right now I’m just trying to take it slow and focus on my high school team.”

Benjamin is filling in at running back for Tampa Bay Tech. He rushed for nearly 100 yards and a touchdown last Friday against Tampa (Fla.) Plant, but lost 21-14.