"I picked Ole Miss first and foremost because they make it sound like they are getting more out of my commitment than I am," added Mario Benavides. "They think I am one of the top offensive linemen in the country, and they made me feel wanted. Plus, I get a chance to play in the SEC which gives you more exposure than any conference in the country. And I love Coach Kehoe. He coaches at Miami for 25 years and won 5 national championships. Who would not want to be tutored from a coach who has sent all of those linemen to the NFL?
Benavides still has not visited Oxford but he still sees himself as solidly committed.
"I told them I was going to come down in June for their football camp, but I might come in late May instead. I just promised them that I would come. But I feel solid whether I have visited them or not. I did not just commit to them for the sake of it. I have done extensive research on their university, and right now I think they give me the best opportunity to better myself. I have people from around here ask me all of the time what I am going to do if Texas and A&M offer. I tell them that I am still going to Ole Miss. I know a lot of players decommit these days, but I am not one of those people. When I say I am going to sign with Ole Miss, that is what I mean. I will be there for sure."
Who else was heavily involved in Mario's
"Iowa State called me last night and said they were about to offer. I receiv a lot of calls from Texas Tech, and they came to my practice yesterday. Utah has been texting me a bunch. I went to A&M's Jr Day. They were really involved. Rice also offered me. Those were the main colleges that were recruiting me."
Benavides recently exploded on to the recruiting scene when he posted a 6' 4", 285, 4.9 forty, 390 bench, 530 squat, 320 clean, and most importantly, he carries a 4.0 GPA / 1460 SAT.
What does Mario think about his game?
"I pass protect very well. I have only allowed
one sacks in two years, and we are a pass oriented team. I think my upper body strength
gives me the edge in staying ahead of my opponents. For a guy my size, they are
surprised when they can not get around me. Not too many tackles can run a sub
Marion was named 1st Team All-State, All-JR by 5A Texas.com, 1st Team All-District, and 1st Team All-Metro.
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