November 3, 2012

Benoit sets two visits

For Phoenix (Ariz.) running back, Kani Benoit, life is pretty good this fall. The 5-foot-11, 200-pounder broke his own school record for rushing yards in a season, his Thunderbird High School team is in the playoffs and the scholarship offers keep rolling in.

It's good to be Benoit.

"The season went pretty well," Benoit said Thursday. "I finished with 1,900 rushing yards, I broke my school record, which was 1,600 yards. I had 33 touchdowns and we got a playoff birth, so it went pretty well."

Tonight the Thunderbird High School team and Benoit will host Maricopa after going 7-3 this season. Benoit said he likes the way the playoff bracket is shaping up.

"Where we are sitting in playoffs right now, we could make it to the state title game," he said. "If we lose, it is going to be because of our doing."

Once his season officially ends, Benoit will turn his attention full-time to his recruitment. Benoit said he holds scholarship offers from Wyoming, Colorado State, Idaho, New Mexico, New Mexico State, North Dakota and South Dakota State. Offers from even bigger schools may be on the way.

"Vanderbilt and Boise are sounding like they want to offer, but they want to see my transcripts and make sure my scores are where they need to be first," Benoit said. "Oregon has been talking to me too."

Thus far Benoit has two official visits set, both coming to Mountain West Conference schools - Colorado State (Dec. 1) and Wyoming (Dec. 7).

"The thing I most I like about CSU and Wyoming is they are in need of a running back," Benoit said. "They are talking about getting me playing time as a freshman. So I want to get out there and check out the environment to make sure I can survive out there."

For Benoit, finding early playing time will be important to his college decision, as well as the environment of the school and the opportunity to go into the medical field

"I think I might want to be a physicians assistant or something else in the medical field," Benoit said. "A lot of my friends and their parents are in the medical field and I actually like that field a lot."

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