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Catching up with a commit
Big. Physical. Coachable.
Those are a few of the traits that 3-star LaMarius Benson believes he’ll bring to South Carolina in 2018.
“Being a big dude,” he said, “it’s just something that I do. I’m a physical person.”
And he’s strong.
Last week, while maxing out in the weight room at Eastside High School (Covington, Ga.), Benson bench pressed 330 pounds. His squat was 460. He power cleaned 285.
The 6-foot-3, 330-pound prospect is ranked by the 247Sports composite as the No. 71 defensive tackle in the Class of 2018.
At South Carolina, Benson will play guard, where he’ll line up next to C Hank Manos. The two Gamecocks commitments recently spent some time together at a Spurs Up recruiting event.
“He’s a state wrestler, I know that, like 50-0, something like that,” Benson said of Manos. “He’s a good center. He can move. He’s bigger than me, I know that, tall-wise. He’s a good dude. He can move some things. We can get a good connection going on when we’re down there at South Carolina.”
In the meantime, Benson is excited about seeing South Carolina play this fall. And he’s putting the conference on notice.
“The SEC better be ready for them. I know that. They better be ready for South Carolina,” Benson said. “We’re bringing some heat this year.”
Rising big man
A handful of prospects from the Class of 2020 already have landed offers from South Carolina.
Bryn Tucker, a 6-foot-4.5, 300-pound prospect from Knoxville (Tenn.) Catholic, appears to be in line to scoop one up.
Alabama, Louisville, LSU, Mississippi State, Ohio State, Ole Miss and Tennessee already have offered.
“It’s too early in the process right now, for where I am right now, but I’m happily blessed and I thank the Lord for having those offers for me,” Tucker said, when asked about favorites.
On the surface, it would seem that Tennessee has a seat at the table. The Vols hosted him earlier this year for the spring game.
South Carolina is working to get him on campus this summer. Offensive line coach Eric Wolford stopped by Tucker’s school earlier this spring to invite him.
“I know a little about him,” Tucker said. “I know enough that they’re a great school, a great coaching staff. I just want to get up there for a visit, to spend time with them.”