Benton likes where Memphis is headed

Ben Benton

Senior MUS offensive lineman Ben Benton has taken notice of what University of Memphis coach Larry Porter has done in recruiting local prospects. And he likes it.

Senior MUS offensive lineman Ben Benton has taken notice of what University of Memphis coach Larry Porter has done in recruiting local prospects. And he likes it.

Benton, whose lone offer is from Memphis, said that Porter showing interest in hometown recruits is making strong impressions across the city.

"Some of the kids you play against on Fridays, you're good friends with," Benton said. "We as players look forward to it, knowing we've got a bunch of people having our backs. Team unity starts before you get (to college), so that's always good."

While Benton's only offer is from Memphis, he's gauged interest from Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Middle Tennessee, and UT-Chattanooga.

He said he's in no rush to make a decision at the moment.

"I'm gonna wait and see what my options are," Benton said. "I won't commit until I know what all my options are."

His lone option right now, however, seems to be a pretty good one.

"I like what (Memphis is) doing," Benton said. "They're on the rise. I like coach Porter and (offensive line coach) Blake Miller. He's a real cool guy. They're definitely at the top of my list."

Porter and the Memphis staff made a splash this summer when they bagged commitments from highly-touted local prospects like Ridgeway athlete Sheldon Dawson and Melrose quarterback Will Gross.

Benton said Porter and Miller have both made it clear to him that he's one of their top recruits on the board.

"(Me going there) is definitely a possibility," Benton said.

The Tigers' current offensive line, certainly, could use some help. Many of the linemen on the roster have been mixed and matched and utilized out of their natural positions, which has resulted in some shaky offensive line play throughout the season.

Benton said playing time has been one of the staff's main selling points.

"If I commit there, I'd definitely get playing time early," Benton said. "My versatility would help if I were to go there. Playing time would be pretty significant."

Whenever the decision to attend which college is made, Benton said, he'll have to feel at home.

"It's not so much about the wins and losses, it's just about somewhere I could fit in and see myself at in a couple of years contributing," Benton said. "Somewhere with a good background and a good future."

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