September 22, 2008

San Diego offensive tackle likes ASU unofficial

San Diego (Calif.) Cathedral Catholic offensive tackle Everett Benyard was among the numerous unofficial visitors in attendance at Arizona State's game against Georgia over the weekend.

The 6-foot-7, 318-pounder does not have an offer from the Sun Devils as yet, but the school is actively recruiting Benyard and he made the trip to Tempe along with both parents, and came away excited about the program.

"It met my expectations and then some," Benyard said. "The stadium was real nice. Being on the field before the game was a cool experience. My parents loved it too. ASU has done a good job keeping in touch with me and just talking to me about how my season is going and how I'm doing.

Benyard, the No. 85 recruit in California and No. 62 offensive tackle prospect nationally by, claims offers from Arizona, Boise State, Oregon, Oregon State, San Diego State, Utah, Washington State and Wyoming.

"There were a couple of coaches from the San Diego Chargers on the sideline of one of our games (last season)," Cathedral Catholic coach Sean Doyle said in a previous interview with "They were very impressed with his approach and demeanor. They told me that Everett is big time.

"Everett is very quick for a young man his size," Doyle said. "I could even use him as a tight end if I needed.

"Everett has outstanding footwork and pretty much dominates on the offensive front," Doyle said. "San Diego (Calif.) Point Loma started to chop him so he couldn't drive block, he just leaped over the would-be defender on got on top of the linebacker."

Though he's received a lot of attention from recruiters, Everett is not in a hurry to make a college decision.

"I'm still looking at my schedule for (official) visits," Benyard said. "Everything is really packed right now with the season so I have to figure out when I can fit some in. I'm going to take my time and make sure I'm smart about everything. I don't have any favorites right now, but I'd like to visit Oregon, Utah, ASU and Arizona for sure."

Benyard said his team at Cathedral Catholic is undefeated to this point, winning by a big margin each time out.

"We're doing really good right now," he said. "We're setting a tone, trying to send a message that we're going to be tough to contend with. We want to win that championship this year and I think we have a really good chance."

The right tackle has played defense in the past but he's now focused exclusively on offense. He expects to play right tackle in college, the position most schools are recruiting him at, he said.

"As far as a college, I'm looking for a school with great academic structure," Benyard said. "It would be great to get help as soon as possible when I need it. That is going to be big for me. With the team, I'm looking for a real camaraderie and team relationship with the players and coaches. My relationship with those people will be the most important thing, and obviously I want to be in a program where everyone works hard and is dedicated because that's the type of guy that I am."

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