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Eno Benjamin: Why The 4-Star Recruit Will Commit To The Iowa Hawkeyes

Benjamin Announces His Decision On Monday

April 18, 2016

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One of the top running backs of the 2017 recruiting class in Eno Benjamin, a four-star recruit, will make his decision Monday, April 18. Benjamin has nearly 30 offers on the table but has trimmed his list down to Baylor, Iowa, Michigan and Oklahoma State. Benjamin will also be taking a trip to LSU this weekend.

Considering Benjamin is from Wylie, Texas, many would probably assume the Longhorns or Bears are the favorite to land the talented prospect. However, Benjamin has named the Iowa Hawkeyes his top school for a while now and it was actually one of the first schools he visited. Benjamin also thinks strongly of the Wolverines, but this is easily Iowa’s recruit to lose. After all, it’s Iowa that’s been recruiting Benjamin for about two years now.

Eno Benjamin: Why The 4-Star Recruit Will Commit To The Iowa Hawkeyes


Eno Benjamin is going to commit to Iowa.

Benjamin is an extremely polished runner who runs with terrific balance, has great cut-back ability and can change directions quickly without losing much speed. Benjamin has the frame at 203 pounds to gain weight and become a workhorse, and he rarely goes down on initial contact. Benjamin isn’t going to be the speedster that Iowa could have desperately used in the past, but he’s a productive runner who gets the job done consistently and can carry the rock 200 times a season without any issues.

Unlike Baylor, Iowa is a run-first team, so he’ll see the field a lot sooner and longer than if he was to pick the Bears. Michigan has a logjam at the running back position and Texas continues to be a major question mark for recruitcs considering the coaching and performance issues over the years. Sure, the Longhorns will continue to recruit well because it’s Texas, but there’s a lot of kids who are going to be looking the other way given the circumstances.

Iowa offers Benjamin immediate playing time and runs an offense that is gold for a running back who wants to see the field often. Last year, Iowa ran the ball 568 times, which was good for 26th in college football.

After landing A.J. Epenesa, Iowa is going to hit another homerun in the recruiting department by getting Benjamin.

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