UCLA Football Recruiting: Whaddup, WR Richard Benjamin?


Here’s a video of  2013 WR Richard Benjamin being great. 

We continue our look at the prospective 2013 UCLA football recruiting class with 3/4-star wide-out (depending on who you ask) Richard Benjamin out of Florida, who happens to have UCLA in his top ten.

The vitals? He’s 6’1”, and weighs in at 195 pounds. According to our free recruiting service (we have one!), FanSided 150, dude is a legit 4-star prospect.

According to the scouting reports at FS 150, dude’s an explosive-as-hell talent that bursts off the line exceptionally well and has great hands to boot. Let me take a snippet from our boys at FS 150:

"Benjamin plays faster than his forty time indicates, and he is both explosive and athletic. I love his ability to make plays in traffic, and he has great hands and above-average route-running skills. While he does need to get stronger, that’s not a big issue with his great raw tools as a receiver."

Above-average route-running skills, and needs strength. Those seem to be the areas of weakness surrounding Benjamin. Other than that, other scouting reports seem to rave on about his abilities. The dude is apparently quick and agile with one scouting report saying he has “cat-like quickness.” Others, even further, rave on about his ability to create separation, which is especially evident in deep-ball situations. Add that he is an explosive leaper, and you have a hell of a wide-out prospect that seems to be a difference-maker.

And that’s going to be huge, for these Bruins. Noel Mazzone, as we’ve come to learn, runs an offense built on stretching the field and having explosive receivers beat out DBs downfield. Getting speedy wide receivers to quicker develop plays (meaning less time in the pocket for the QB to get sacked) is essential now, at UCLA.

It’ll be interesting to see how this works out; if UCLA can land him, the dude can be a ridiculous pick-up for this offense.