's recruitment has been under-the-radar, but it didn't keep a few schools from offering.
However, the Malcolm X Shabazz High (Newark, N.J.) linebacker may see his recruitment explode in the next few weeks after Penn State offered the 6-foot-1, 230-pounder.
What makes it even better is Benton's recruitment is a testament to his own perseverance, which included righting his academic path and sending out his own videos to schools.
In fact, he was the one who contacted Penn State, and soon after assistant John Strollo was recruiting Benton.
"I was invited to the spring game and I went and watched the game," Benton said. "I met a lot of coaches while I was there, and then last Friday, coach (Bill) O'Brien gave me a call and he saw my tape, and everybody liked my demeanor and they felt I had what they were looking for and they offered me a scholarship."
It was Benton's fifth offer. He also holds offers from West Virginia, Toledo, Old Dominion and Temple.
But he only visited Rutgers and Penn State, and he felt an immediate connection with the Nittany Lions' staff.
"They're a staff that tells me exactly how it is," Benton said. "I don't want them to tell me something and then come and feel something totally different. That's one of the things I like about them.
"Some of them have previous experience in the NFL and others have experience with some (good) college teams. (Assistant) coach (Ted) Roof was the defensive coordinator at Auburn in 2010, so I feel they have a good support staff."
Benton also enjoyed the campus, which is a big change from his inner upbringing.
"Coming from being in the city all the time and seeing a lot of stuff …I know there's trouble everywhere, but in a place like that, that's one thing I like about it," he said. "It's different. It's something I'm not used to and something I've always been looking for."
Benton grew up an Ohio State fan and didn't think much about Penn State, but prior to his visit last month he spoke with his athletic director, who is also a big Nittany Lions fan.
"He said I'm not trying to influence you to make any decisions or anything, but I'll guarantee you it's nothing like you've ever seen," Benton said. "I'm like, ‘yeah, yeah. I've heard that about a lot of things.' It was nothing like I had seen. It was something totally different. It changed my whole mindset."
Whereas Benton now possesses plenty of knowledge about Penn State, the other schools to offer him remain a bit foreign. He said he knows very little about West Virginia.
"I looked into what they're doing, and what they run as far as systems," Benton said. "I know they're moving to the Big 12 and that is going to be a demanding conference, so that will be a plus.
"I haven't looked at their defense because I don't know what they're running. I know they used to run a 3-3-5 stack and that is actually the defense I play here. That should help me fit into that defense well."
As a junior, Benton made 105 tackles, including six sacks, while leading Shabazz to a 6-4 mark.
However, his focus on academics and improving on the field has kept him from making visits, and being further along in the recruiting process.
"At this point, it's just a matter of seeing what everybody has to offer and seeing what the best fit is for me," Benton said. "I wouldn't say I have a leader because I haven't really seen a lot. I've seen Rutgers and Penn State. I haven't really named any leaders because I haven't seen a lot, but if I had to pick, it would definitely be Penn State."
Outside linebacker Al-Rasheed Benton of Malcolm X Shabazz High (Newark, N.J.) was offered by Penn State coach Bill O'Brien. He also has West Virginia on his offer sheet and he spoke about both programs, including his suddenly intricate knowledge of the Nittany Lions.
Newark, N.J., OLB Al-Rasheed Benton added Penn State to a collection that also includes WVU ...