Although winter time got the best of
Richard Benjamin’s appetite, enjoying holiday desserts a little too much, he is ready to get back to work this spring during track season.
Benjamin gained roughly 20 pounds due to what he said was too much relaxation and munching over the holidays. He and his coach agreed it’s time to slim down and no better way to do that than with track conditioning.
The Tampa Bay Tech junior wide receiver, who falls in at No. 14 in the Sentinel’s 2013
Florida Top 100, says he is looking forward to participating in track to keep him in shape during the football offseason.
Benjamin (6-0, 182), who transferred to Tech in January after enduring an 0-10 season at Tampa Middleton, already has scholarship offers from 30 different schools.
Staying in-state is important to Benjamin, and he said his top schools, in no order, are UF,
FSU, Miami and USF. He has already visited Gainesville on numerous occasions, including the Gators’ two junior-day events. He also attended FSU and USF junior days.
Benjamin said the recruiting process has been “overwhelming” at times, and that it has humbled him.
“You can’t put yourself in the spotlight,” Benjamin said at a recent combine event. “I look around here and realize I’m not better than anyone else. We all work just as hard. We are all working towards the same goals.”
Benjamin had always looked up to high school athletes with college scholarship offers while growing up, which pushed him to get to that level. He said he is proud, yet still surprised, to join this group of elite athletes.
“Now that’s me,” he said.
He’ll get more offers as spring football draws near, but Benjamin knows they are just offers. He knows he will not be promised playing time, but like the rest, will have to work to prove himself.
He plans to graduate early to enroll for the spring semester of whichever college he chooses.
Of the things he likes to do away from football, Benjamin gave one succinct answer: “Sleep.”
That turned into just relaxing, checking out the latest movie and spending time with friends and family. His family has influenced him a lot. He wants to keep them close and help him decide where he will play at the collegiate level.