Hutchinson Community College wide receiver Malik Benson picked up an Oklahoma offer yesterday. The offer from the Sooners is the latest in a flurry of national recruiting interest for the talented class of 2023 JUCO prospect.
Benson is a 6-foot-1, 185 pound wide receiver that registered 43 receptions for 1,229 yards and 11 touchdowns last season with the Blue Dragons. The Lansing, Kan., product suddenly has 22 Division I offers and an offer from FCS program South Dakota according to 247Sports. In the past month alone, Benson has secured offers from programs such as Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Oregon, Penn State and Tennessee.
Ryan Wallace, a Kansas State insider and recruiting editor for GoPowercat.com of the 247Sports network, covered Benson’s recruitment in high school. Wallace said the location of Lansing High School and its schedule may have worked against Benson in terms of exposure during his initial recruitment.
“What I can tell you about Malik is he’s a kid that I think had he been maybe a little bit closer to the Kansas City metro or really anywhere that had a little bit more of a spotlight on it at a bigger classification, I think he’s a kid that would’ve probably had not garnered the type of attention that he’s getting necessarily at Hutchinson, but certainly would’ve been maybe on more schools in the region’s radar. He played at Lansing High School. Again, Lansing is kind of part of the Kansas City metro, but the league that they’re in, they don’t play a lot of schools that are kind of closer to the city. Again, they’re just kind of on the outskirts as a 5A team and they flirted with 4A, too. Had he played at a Lee’s Summit North or something in Kansas City or even a school like Piper or something on the Kansas side maybe he would’ve…