Cincinnati has picked up its third commitment of the day (Sunday) in Grady High School (Atlanta, Georgia) athlete Dashawn Benton.
“The visit went really well,” Benton said. “I felt like I was at home. I bonded with the players and coaches, and I loved the Cincinnati area.”
“I knew Cincinnati was the place for me. Everything felt right.”
Benton, a former Middle Tennessee State commit, says Cincinnati entered the picture late.
“[Cincinnati’s staff] didn’t contact me until two weeks ago,” Benton explained. “I visited Middle Tennessee State last week (January 20) and committed there.”
“After committed, I decided to give Cincinnati a look and loved everything about it. I’m happy to be a Bearcat.”
The Grady High School star received a handful of offers throughout the recruiting process.
“Indiana, Illinois, Georgia Southern, Memphis, and a few others had offered me,” Benton said. “It was really down to Cincinnati and Middle Tennessee State.”
“I don’t plan on visiting any other schools. I’ll sign with Cincinnati on National Signing Day (Wednesday, February 6).”
Benton said he already informed MTSU of his intentions to attend UC in 2013.
The Atlanta star was named All-Region 6B as both a wide receiver and a defensive back, and his high school coach, Ronnie Miller, has compared him favorably to Damian Swann.
Swann was a four star defensive back at Grady that signed with Georgia in 2011. The Bulldog sophomore made 53 tackles including 4 interceptions and 2 sacks last season as a true sophomore.
“Cincinnati said they will look at me first on defense (cornerback),” said the senior.
Benton broke down his play as a cornerback.
“I’m an aggressive player. I have big hands and quick feet. I’d like to say I have good footwork,” Benton explained. “I’m not afraid to come up and play you off the line.”
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound prospect has recorded a 4.5 forty time.