Sunday, December 4, 2022

No. 1 JUCO prospect Malik Benson commits to Alabama

Alabama stays hot on the recruiting trail, this time landing a commitment from the No. 1 junior college prospect for the class of 2023 in Malik Benson. The Hutchinson Community College (Kan.) standout picked the Crimson Tide over Georgia, LSU, Oregon, and Tennessee.

“I think just what stands out to me is year after year they’re a winning program,” Benson said earlier in the summer. “And my position, receiver, the last three or four years, the receivers they’ve put out, they’ve had great success. What they did with DeVonta Smith, a Heisman winner at receiver. That’s a key factor. What they do, who they produce, stuff like that.”

Benson becomes the second wide receiver to join Alabama’s 2023 class, joining cole adamswho committed to the program last month.

UA is prioritizing speed at its skill positions, and Benson brings just that. The Kansas native has clocked a verified 10.44-second 100-meter dash, and is the holder of a number of impressive track braces. And not only does he flash athleticism, he’s an accomplished pass catcher. The JUCO wideout recorded 43 receptions for 1,229 yards and 11 touchdowns last season.

“Just past history with the receivers and what they’ve done and the culture they’ve built,” Benson told of why UA was high on his mind. “And the relationship I’ve got with Coach (Holmon) Wiggins. (It’s a place) I can see myself playing at.”

The Tide now holds 11 commitments in the class of 2023 and is within the Top 20 classes in the country, per the industry-generated 247Sports Composite Team Recruiting Rankings.

Credit wide receivers coach Holmon Wiggins and defensive line coach Freddie Roach with the pickup.

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