Collegiate coaches are about to begin one of the most important phases of the recruiting process as they hit the road for the early evaluation period.
One stop LSU wide receivers coach/passing game coordinator Todd Monken will likely have on his itinerary is a detour from his East Texas/North Louisiana territory up to the nation's capital to take a look at one of the top receivers in America Arrellious Benn.
Benn is a 6-2, 190-pounder with 4.5 speed out of Dunbar High School in Washington D.C.
The five-star phenom has everything you look for in a receiver with size, speed, athleticism, good hands and discipline. As a junior he used all those traits to light up the opposition as he pulled in 49 passes for over 1,050 yards and 16 touchdowns.
That performance served notice to coaches all across the land that if they wanted to get in on one of the most explosive receivers in the country then they better look his way. Thus far, plenty have looked his way with more than 50 scholarship offers under his belt by most of the big boys.
LSU got in on Benn three weeks ago when Monken spoke to one of his coaches and then later fielded a call from Benn himself.
"My coach told me talked to someone from LSU and then later on I got a text message from the receivers coach," Benn told Tiger Rag. "We talked for a while and then a few days later an offer came in the mail."
Since then Benn said he has talked to Monken a couple of times about what he could bring to the Tigers' offense and how they like to use their wide outs.
"He says I am physical enough to run the slants and go across the middle and that I run good fade routes," Benn said. "They like to do a lot of that with those things with their wide receivers. I've seen them play some last year and I like their offense and think I'd fit in well with it."
Benn admitted that he does not know a lot about LSU but he is well aware of what the Tigers have accomplished over the years.
"LSU is LSU," he said. "They have a lot of tradition and they play in the SEC. When you think of the best football programs in college football, LSU is one of them. I don't a whole lot about them other than that but I will be finding out more over the next couple of months."
When Benn starts to trim his list of suitors one factor that will not hurt LSU's chances, or any other school for that matter, is distance from home because he is looking to get away and experience something new.
"Staying home is not an option for me and I think getting away is the best thing for me," he said. "That way I can see some new things and meet some new people."
As for when he plans on shortening his list, Benn said, "Probably in May I will have a top five or really probably a top four. The ones I am really looking at right now are Maryland, Notre Dame, USC, Illinois, Florida and LSU. Those are the ones I am looking at taking officials to right now."
Arrelious Benn is one of the top wide receivers on LSU's board for 2007…