Running back Jashon Benjamin is the only running back in the 2023 recruit class for Rutgers Football, making him a possible future lead back for the Scarlet Knights. The Florida native has the potential to become a strong part of the backfield.
Benjamin attended Pahokee High School (Pahokee, FL) where he played running back and defensive back. He helped the Blue Devils to a 9-3 record, along with an FHSAA Regional Final Game appearance during his senior year.
At running back, Benjamin finished his senior season with 1,312 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns, averaging 8.4 yards per carry. He also caught 30 receptions for 688 yards and four touchdowns.
A three-star recruit, he was a multi-sport athlete, including running on the track.
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According to 247Sports, Benjamin was a three-star player and the No. 109 running back in the nation. He received 13 offers, including from Arkansas State, Memphis, Purdue and Tulane.
Watching the film, Benjamin is clearly explosive when running the ball.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise as Benjamin ran a 10.7 in the 100m and shows that speed when he reaches the second level.
But he’s also physical, as at 5-foot-8 and 194 pounds, Benjamin can run the ball between tackles in the power running game. He’s also a zone runner, using his speed and explosiveness to find open careers. Benjamin has great vision and tries to hit the big game every time he touches the ball.
Benjamin has excellent hands in the passing game and can be dangerous in the screen game. He can line up in the slot and cause mismatches against linebackers when running routes.
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Areas that need work
If Benjamin wants to be an every down back, he needs to add more power, although he’s already built quite strong. In the NCAA, the average running back weighs about 204.75 pounds, which means Benjamin needs to gain some height.
Another area for improvement for the future Scarlet Knight is patience. Benjamin has to work on following his blockers. His patience will come with maturity and practice.
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Story originally appeared on Rutgers Wire