UCF lost one of its more highly-rated 2013 commitments Tuesday evening.
Tampa Bay Tech wide receiver Richard Benjamin decommitted from UCF, according to BigCountyPreps.com’s Preston Jackson.
Tech head coach Jayson Roberts told the Tampa Bay Times Benjamin was not confident in his decision and wanted to reevaluate his recruitment.
“I think he is a little concerned about whether that [coaching] staff is going to be there next year,’’ Roberts told the Times. ‘‘He’s just a little uncomfortable with that situation and wants to open it [the recruiting process] up again.”
Benjamin (5-11, 185), who is ranked as the No. 18 prospect on the Sentinel’s 2013 MidWest Super60 prospect list, committed to UCF in early July, picking the Knights over Vanderbilt and USF.
Several calls to Benjamin were not returned at the time of publication.
Benjamin’s recruitment has been sporadic up to this point.
After his sophomore year, Benjamin became a hot commodity among big-time programs. He earned scholarship offers from Florida, Florida State, Alabama and others, but many of the more prestigious schools backed off this spring when some red flags were raised.
Benjamin reportedly gained 10 pounds in the offseason, transferred back to Tampa Bay Tech after transferring from there to Tampa Middleton as a sophomore and was indecisive as to whether he wanted to play wide receiver or defensive back in college.
Schools that Benjamin is now interested in are Louisville, West Virginia and Texas A&M, according to the Times.
Last season, Benjamin played at Tampa Middleton, where accumulated 501 rushing yards and 450 receiving yards as a running back/receiver.
With the loss of Benjamin, UCF now has 11 oral commitments in its 2013 recruiting class.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times