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Highly Sought-After Florida Athlete Commits To Louisville

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Richard Benjamin, a Tampa Bay receiver/running back who had offers to nearly every major program in the country, has committed to Louisville.

Andy Lyons

Tampa Bay Tech wide receiver/running back Richard Benjamin has committed to Louisville, the Tampa Bay Tribune reports. Benjamin confirmed his commitment on Twitter.

Benjamin was originally committed to Central Florida, but backed off when the program was hit with NCAA sanctions.

The list of schools who have offered Benjamin a scholarship read like a who's who of college football. Alabama, Notre Dame, Florida, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Florida State and Miami are among the numerous programs who offered the 6-foot-1, 195-pound big play threat a free ride.

Benjamin, who took an official visit to Louisville last weekend, finished his senior season at TBT with 35 receptions for 509 yards and five touchdowns, 718 rushing yards and another six TDs on 103 carries and, on defense, four interceptions.

Though his list of options was large, Benjamin ultimately chose U of L over Ohio State, West Virginia and South Florida. He is listed as a wide receiver by some recruiting services, and as an athlete by others.

Here's Benjamin as a junior:


Santa Strong in full effect.