Benn may just be the Beginning

Benn may just be the Beginning

Wide receiver Arrelious Benn made his college decision a few weeks ago to attend Illinois. That news was a little bit puzzling to several fans following recruiting. Many felt that Benn was headed for Notre Dame. In the weeks leading up to Benn's decision, it became apparent that Notre Dame had fallen out a little bit. Find out what happened with Benn and and why he chose the Illini.

Washington, D.C. wide receiver Arrelious Benn was in a position that several kids are in each year in college recruiting. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Benn was a five-star prospect with offers from pretty much any school that he might want to attend. Benn had his final four of Notre Dame, Florida State, Maryland, and Illinois. Rumors were bouncing around that Benn had been a silent commitment to the Fighting Irish. We caught up with Benn to find out what happened and if the rumors were true.

"I chose Illinois because it seemed like the best fit for me," Benn said. "I love Coach Ron Zook and Coach Locksley out there. They also have a great young quarterback in Juice Williams. I just felt like I had an opportunity to go somewhere different and make a name for myself. Not many people with the opportunities that I had go to a school like Illinois, but I just felt it was right."

Benn seemingly dropped Notre Dame out of consideration late in the process, despite naming them a as favorite a few times. "I was a silent commitment to Notre Dame at one point," Benn said. "After a while I started to re-evaluate things and I thought that Notre Dame had pressured me a little too much. At that point I looked at all the schools again and even USC was in the running a little bit but in the end they were just too far away."

As a five-star recruit coming into to Illinois, one would expect Benn to try to bring in some talent friends to help the rebuilding process. "I talk with Marvin Austin, Robert Hughes, Martez Wilson and a bunch of guys," Benn said. "We always talk about going to school together and trying to become part of a big class maybe but we will see how it goes. I think everyone will be stunned when it is all said and done."

Perhaps the Illini faithful have more to look forward to then just Benn landing in Illinois. Stay tuned as the recruiting season winds down in the next two months to find out just how happy the Illini may be. The Illinois recruiting coup could pick-up more steam today with the decision of Martez Wilson Recommended Stories

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