During the second quarter of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, top-ranked running back prospect Eno Benjamin announced his commitment to Arizona State. Benjamin picked Arizona State over other top schools such as Baylor, Michigan, Texas, and Utah. His commitment to Arizona State was huge.
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Benjamin is 5’9″ and weights 205 pounds. He rushed for a total of 5,256 yards and 73 touchdowns combined in the last two years at Wylie East High School in Texas. Benjamin is ranked as the number 12 running back in the 2017 class by 247Sports.com.
Although he announced his commitment at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, his decision has been finalized for a while. Right before the recruiting dead period, Benjamin took a trip from Texas to Tempe, Arizona. While he was there, he signed all his scholarship paperwork. Benjamin is set to begin school at Arizona State on Monday.
With Demario Richard and Kalen Ballage both returning this year, it will be a great learning opportunity on the field for Benjamin. Benjamin stated publicly that he really feels that the school itself has everything he was looking for and that he would attend Arizona State even if he didn’t play football.
In other recruiting news, many ASU fans were upset with Bubba Bolden’s commitment to USC. Bolden is close with Alex Perry, ASU commit and brother of Armand Perry. For quite some time it was speculated that they wanted to continue playing together on the collegiate level.
Last night, twitter was buzzing with talk of the possibility that Bolden may commit to ASU. During the third quarter of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Bolden had three hats laid out on the table; USC, Ohio State, and Arizona State. However, when it came time to make his announcement, he chose USC. With the actual signing day not until February, anything can happen. There’s always a possibility that Bolden could have a change of heart and sign with another school.
Despite the fact that ASU fans were hoping for a commitment from Bolden, Arizona State is looking to finish up the 2017 recruiting class with a bang. There are still quite a few highly ranked prospects on ASU’s radar that could be wearing maroon and gold next fall.