Meet the Next Superstar Alabama Wideout
The Alabama Crimson Tide may have fell short of the 2022 College Football Playoffs, but that did not stop Nick Saban from going out and signing one of the best-recruiting classes during his reign, securing the consensus number-one class in the nation.
One of Alabama's many signees is top JUCO recruit, Malik Benson. Benson, a four-star out of Hutchinson Community College is one of the most explosive receivers in the 2023 recruiting cycle. Benson joins Cole Adams, Jalen Hale, and Jaren Hamilton as wide receivers joining the Tide this fall.
Benson is also among Caleb Downs, Justice Haynes, Jahlil Hurley, Jalen Hale, Richard Young, Tony Mitchell, Jordan Renaud, Eli Holstein, fellow JUCO signee Justin Jefferson, and others as early enrollees to aid in Alabama's prep for their Sugar Bowl matchup against Kansas State.
To think that Benson is just pure speed is simply wrong as the rising Junior also possesses elite footwork, top-notch body control, and impressive contact balance as a runner which also makes him a RAC threat along with being able to take the top off the defense with his 10.44 100m speed. Benson has also shown that he can consistently win in 50/50 ball and contested catch situations.
According to On3, Benson is 5-foot-11 (verified) and 185 pounds with a 6-5 wingspan. On3 also compares him to another former Alabama receiver.
"Malik Benson brings verified athleticism and a playing style that reminds us of Henry Ruggs III. Both were track stars in high school, winning state titles and running as low as in the 10.4-second range in the 100 meters. Benson is slightly taller and a bit longer than Ruggs. The easy, explosive stride and ability to present a deep threat and take a quick slant to the house are similar, as well," wrote On3Sports.
Benson could certainly come in and immediately become the guy in Tuscaloosa with uncertainty in offensive weapons heading into the 2023 season.