Shaun Nua and the Michigan Wolverines received good news on Saturday when 2021 four-star defensive tackle Rayshaun Benny placed them on his final four list.
Michigan joins Penn State, Michigan State and Kentucky on Benny’s final top list. His original top list also included Arkansas, Arizona State, Tennessee and LSU.
The 6-foot-5, 275-pounder from Oak Park has long been a top target for Nua and company in his class. They have been recruiting him to play along the defensive line for the entirety of the recruitment, as some other schools have been recruiting him to play on offense.
Benny told The Michigan Insider’s Sam Webb (FREE) after his team’s game Friday night that the decision will come down to his relationship with coaches, among other things.
“For me, personally, it’s (about) my connection with the coaches,” Benny told Webb. “Not even if I got on campus, but like if they showed me a good tour of campus and showed me a good feel of how it would be. That means a lot. That gives me idea of how it could be and how I could fit in. And then something like Oak Park. I’ve been going here since second grade. That’s what I look for in a school — another family.”
Another significant point Benny told Webb is that his mom likes Michigan and Penn State the most out of his finalists. This shouldn’t be a surprise, but it does bode well for Michigan’s chances here. Considering his mom has liked U-M from the beginning, the proximity to home and the desire to play along the defensive line, Michigan is going to be very tough to beat here at the end of the day.
We should know sooner rather than later where Benny decides to play, but I like U-M’s chances here. As always, stay locked in on Maize n Brew for more recruiting news like this as it develops.
Benny is the No. 188 overall player in his class, per 247Sports’ composite. All six crystal ball predictions are currently in for Michigan.