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WATCH: Freshman Feature Episode 11 - Rayshaun Benny

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Breaking down the stats, recruiting, projection, and more for the true freshman defensive tackle.

Rayshaun Benny may have been the Michigan Wolverines’ most important recruitment in the Jim Harbaugh era. That may sound outlandish, but consider the desperate need of talent at interior defensive line, the talent and the high ceiling Benny brings to the program, and flipping his initial commitment from Michigan State to the good guys. In a recruitment where the Wolverines had led for quite some time, it was quite the disappointment when Benny committed to the in-state rival Spartans after they upset Michigan in 2020.

It also helped solidify Shaun Nua’s place on the staff, his relationship being mentioned as one of the reasons he eventually flipped his commitment to the Wolverines after the early signing day had passed. For a prospect who many college programs liked on the offensive side of the ball, he’s still scratching the surface of his potential on defense, only getting to the interior starting his junior year. Add the incredible length he has at 6-foot-5 and high athleticism, it’s clear why Michigan heavily pursued him.

How quick he sees the field will be dependent on how quickly he can mentally ramp up with Mike Macdonald’s new defense. At 275, he’s close to playing time, and a favorable depth chart should only help in that regard.

Below are the timestamps for each section in this video.

  • 00:00 - Intro
  • 00:22 - High School
  • 01:20 - Stats
  • 01:37 - Metrics
  • 01:53 - Rankings
  • 02:22 - Offers
  • 02:37 - Recruitment
  • 04:44 - Scouting
  • 05:43 - Film
  • 05:53 - Comparison
  • 07:12 - Projection