January 31, 2012

Benson is on the radar

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One of the most exciting junior football players in the state of Ohio this past season was Columbus (Ohio) Marion-Franklin athlete Corry Benson. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound prospect starred at quarterback for the Red Devils putting up some big numbers and leading his team all the way to the Division II state semi-finals. Benson was one of the many talented juniors at Ohio State on Sunday for the big junior day.

"It was fun, it was real good," said Benson. "We got to see the facilities and met a couple of other recruits. (The basketball game) was great. I got to see Jared Sullinger and Trey Burke, they're both from Columbus so that was really exciting."

Though a two-time all-area performer at quarterback, Benson will likely be making a position move at the next level and he has the attention of the Ohio State coaching staff.

"I talked to coach (Stan) Drayton, the running backs coach," he said. "He just told me that he looked at my film and that he wants to analyze me as a running back. He told me to stay in touch with him."

For some athletes, moving from quarterback is a tough thing to do but Benson says he is perfectly fine with making a switch at the next level.

"I'm definitely fine (with switching positions)," he said. "I'm willing to play to anything on the field. I just love playing the game."

Benson is hearing from a variety of other Big Ten, Big East, and MAC programs but it is one Big Ten school in particular that has turned up the heat recently.

"I talk with Illinois a little bit," he explained. "They have offered Terrell Jackson from my school so I talked to them about playing some defense and coming to the camp this summer."

Benson's team fell to eventually state champion Trotwood-Madison in the state semi-finals back in November, a game where Benson put up some huge numbers. Benson has put that game in his rearview mirror and is now just focusing on having a big senior season.

"I had a good junior season," he said. "I'm just ready to get back to work and have an even better senior year. I'm putting in a lot of hard work."


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