OL LaMarius Benson of Covington, GA committed to USC last March saying at the time USC felt like “a perfect school for me.” Thursday Benson announced a decommitment, and he did so without bitterness.
“It’s all a business, I ain’t mad a nobody,” Benson said. “It’s a lot of stuff behind what made me decommit. A person would not just decommit for no reason but I want to keep that on the down low. I didn’t feel wanted by South Carolina.”
Benson said he began to get that feeling around mid-December and he came out of his official visit last month feeling he needed to look elsewhere. He took an official visit to Central Florida last weekend and he’s now leaning that way.
While taking the high ground on the issue, Benson admitted decommitting from his original choice was disappointing for him. He said his grades and his physical conditioning should not have been issues for him as has been rumored.
“When you’ve been so loyal to somebody, to some coaches, it’s disappointing,” he said. “Being loyal and they tell me not to talk to other schools for a year. I guess they thought I wasn’t going to get my (test) score. I’ve got my score. My weight is at 315 pounds, the weight I’m supposed to be at.”
So, Benson has seen the high side of recruiting, the love a staff will show to get you to commit, and now the low side, the cold shoulder you get when they want you to go away.
And Benson’s advice for future recruits?
“Don’t commit early. People can switch up on you. Don’t commit early.”