Tampa Bay Tech wide receiver Richard Benjamin is scheduled to commit to a school Monday afternoon.
Benjamin (5-11, 185), who is ranked as a three-star prospect by recruiting websites Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports.com, plans on picking between UCF, USF and Vanderbilt.
His decision will be announced via a video slated to be posted on Bright House Sports Networks’ website, BHSN.com, Monday at 4 p.m.
Benjamin told the Orlando Sentinel in late June he already knows what school he will select.
“I have the decision in my mind,” Benjamin said. “You just have to wait to find out.”
Benjamin has hit some bumps in the recruiting process.
He has listed offers from schools such as Alabama, Florida and Florida State, but recruiting analysts have suggested some out-of-state programs backed off him for a variety of reasons.
He gained about 10 pounds shortly after the 2011 season ended, transferred from Tampa Bay Tech to Tampa Middleton and then back to Tech during a three-year period and has wavered between an interest in playing receiver or defensive back in college.
However, Benjamin is still considered one of Florida’s top receiver prospects because of his sure hands and natural ability as a wide out. He displayed those skills and presented a difficult matchup as a slot receiver during Team Tampa’s victory at the IMG 7-on-7 national championship in Bradenton last weekend.
Team Tampa and Tarpon Springs East Lake quarterback Pete DiNovo, one of Benjamin’s friends, committed to UCF Tuesday and hinted other unnamed Team Tampa members could be close to pledging to the Knights as well.
“Basically, I guess the best way to say this, we’re going to be seeing some more [players] become a big part of UCF Nation real soon, and I’m really confident in some of the guys from the Tampa Bay area that are going to be on board,” DiNovo said Tuesday.
Benjamin first listed UCF as one of his leaders during an interview with the Sentinel in May.
“It actually hasn’t been too long since I started talking to those guys, but the connection,” Benjamin said in May. “As soon as I started talking it hit. The first couple days I started talking to them the connection was there. I could see myself playing there for the next four years, building the program as an impact player. Education is high and it’s close to home. I talk to the coaches, they’re nice coaches.”
Benjamin reached out to UCF’s coaching staff and initiated contact after the Knights visited him during spring practice.
USF is also a strong contender for Benjamin as the hometown school.
“I can just talk to the coaches any time, talk to them about anything other than football,” Benjamin said of USF in late May. “They’re real, the coaches.”
Bright House Sports Networks is slated to record Benjamin’s commitment announcement at 3 p.m. Monday, but the network won’t be posting the video online until about 4 p.m.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times