All 10 schools have offered Benjamin scholarships. He is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 57 receiver in the nation by 247Sports.com.
Benjamin said while he listed 10 strong candidates, three schools stand out more than the others.
“USF, UCF and Clemson,” said Benjamin when asked if he favored any specific schools among his top 10.
Benjamin (6-1, 185), who has more than 30 scholarship offers, plans to graduate in December and enroll in January 2013 at whichever school he ultimately selects. Since he will be enrolling in college two months before most other recruits sign their letters of intent, Benjamin said he wants to see as many schools as possible this summer.
He is scheduled to visit UCF this weekend and then leaves on bus tour June 9 to see Clemson, Georgia, Auburn and Tennessee. USF is a school he’s seen “a thousand times” because it’s in his backyard, so he already has an idea of what the Bulls have to offer.
Here is what Benjamin had to say about his three leading schools:
Clemson: “What’s making them stand out is the atmosphere, being in Death Valley, and the coaches and players. Also, I’d have time to play.”
USF: “Just the coaching staff, the way they hold themselves. I can just talk to the coaches any time, talk to them about anything other than football. They’re real, the coaches.”
UCF: “It actually hasn’t been too long since I started talking to those guys, but the connection. 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 said he’s looking forward to touring the UCF campus during the weekend.
“I’m very excited,” Benjamin said of his upcoming visit to UCF. “I’ve been reading a lot about it ... [They have] the No.1 facilities in Florida, so I’m just ready to see the school, see what happens.”
UCF defensive backs coach Kirk Callahan is the Knights’ lead recruiter pursuing Benjamin.
When Benjamin was asked if he’d consider committing to a school immediately if a visit went well, he responded, “I can’t really answer that. I just might or I’ll probably wait.”
Regardless of who he picks or exactly when he makes his decision, Benjamin said he is just excited for the chance to see some of his favorite schools in the coming month.
“It gives me the opportunity to see what the schools have in store for me, who do I want in a school the next four years and to mesh with the coaches,” Benjamin said. “To see who’s real and who’s not.”
Brendan Sonnone is the Sentinel's recruiting correspondent and can be reached at email@example.com. Follow Brendan on Twitter at @BSonnone or Facebook at Brendan Sonnone or at Orlando Sentinel Recruiting.