Wisconsin Signing Class Preview - Keeanu Benton

Wisconsin Signing Class Preview - Keeanu Benton

Recruiting

Wisconsin Signing Class Preview - Keeanu Benton

Recruiting Competition

Benton committed to Wisconsin over offers from Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota State, South Dakota State, Western Illinois and Wyoming. Not a big self-promoter (he didn’t get his own Twitter account until after his junior season), Benton was offered by the Badgers on an unofficial visit in the spring and committed in June.

“It’s literally a dream come true,” Benton said. “I’ve been working my butt off and I realized (the dream) wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. I just had to work harder as the years progressed. I wouldn’t be at where I am now without my coaches pushing me past my limits, or what I thought was my limits, and getting everything they can out of me.”

Ranking

Benton is a three-star prospect with a rating of .8453 on the 247Sports Composite Rating (1.00 is tops).

Why Wisconsin?

“Me growing up since the sixth grade in Wisconsin, even being in Chicago and knowing about Wisconsin, I always wanted to be in that environment. Getting the opportunity, I realized there’s more to it than just wanting to play football. I realized I had to focus on academics and what I wanted to do academically. I went to Iowa, took a visit there and then took a visit to Wisconsin and realize, yes, this is what I wanted. Everything I needed was there, and it was awesome.” – Benton

My Take

Wisconsin will be thin at defensive tackle with Olive Sagapolu’s graduation, leaving only sophomore-to-be Bryson Williams as scholarship players at the position. From talking to his teammates and coaches, the group not only compliments Benton’s athleticism and talent, but his positive attitude and willingness to put his hand in the dirt and go to work.

He’ll enroll in the summer and if he puts in the work between now and then, he’ll have a chance to contribute early.

“That’s my goal (to be the backup),” Benton said. “Even if I do get redshirted, I can’t be mad because I’m still here, and I’m going to work my butt off when I get there. But going there and playing, whoa, that’s just big time for me.”

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