#1 Battlefield DB Justin Bennin (Photo: Sheridan King/recruitNoVA)
Battlefield’s Justin Bennin Adding Numerous Offers
by Marc Goldstein, recruitNoVA
As a rising senior at Battlefield High School, Justin Bennin has been receiving numerous scholarship offers from schools interested in adding his talent. At 6’1”, 190 pounds, he plays not only wide receiver, but defensive end and cornerback for the Bobcats. He has received 12 offers in total, coming from Georgetown, Monmouth, Bryant, Duquesne, UMass, The Citadel, Long Island University, Gardner-Webb University, Maine, Norfolk State, Merrimack College, and New Hampshire.
It all started at the age of 5 when Justin started playing flag football. He instantly fell in love with the game.
By the time he started playing tackle football at the age of 7, he knew he found his true passion.
The transition to defensive back has been more of a new occurrence, he has played more wide receiver and defensive end. That doesn’t mean he hasn’t embraced the challenge of learning a new position. In his own opinion, he uses his length to his advantage, as well as his ability, rather, his willingness to stick his nose into the pile of bodies and tackle an opponent. He says that he thinks his biggest weakness might be his speed, which when considered is not much of a bad thing because speed can be worked on and improved with dedication.
The recruiting process is the biggest thing that has excited him because of the fact that there was little to no interest in his talents as recently as 12 months ago.
“It feels great to have all these coaches interested in me because I had no interest in playing college football like a year ago,” Justin explains. He reiterates the fact that this is not the end of the road for him; he has so much left to give to not only his team, but more to prove to recruiters. He says, “I feel as if my hard work is paying off, but this is definitely no where near the end of the road, especially with all the potential I have.”.
Justin states that he wants to prove to everybody, to recruiters, his teammates, his coaches, even to his opponents that he has earned this recognition from recruiters. He wants to prove the doubters wrong, not just about himself, but about Battlefield’s team as a whole.
“I think we aren’t seen as contenders, and I want to prove the doubters wrong about us,” he explains.
He draws inspiration not from a former player, a coach, or any football player, but from his parents who immigrated from Ghana to America to make a better life for their family. He thinks that they have helped him the most with football by simply being there for him. He hopes that this added pressure doesn’t change him as a person, but promises that he will become a different, better player, saying, “It definitely changes my outlook, looking at these schools, and seeing what schools are truly interested in me, and which ones are just looking for another athlete.”.
He adds that he doesn’t know much about the future, and where he will be attending college, but he does make sure that he is focused solely on the upcoming season for not just his own ratings as a player, but for his teammates and coaches. He wants to lead by example, and lead the Bobcats to new heights in the upcoming season. With his determination, no one would be surprised if Justin keeps shooting up the recruiting boards.
– Marc Goldstein