Rutgers has added a change of pace to its deep running back room, and is making a dent in the Sunshine State.
Jason Benjamina 5-9, 190-pound junior running back from Pahokee, who visited Rutgers in June, committed to Greg Schiano on Wednesday night — just two days after the team added IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) five-star long snapper Jake Eldridge to the fold.
“I love everything about Rutgers,” Benjamin, the three-star running back, said. “They are all about family. The coaches made me feel like I was home when I visited. They treated me like I was a part of the team already.”
Benjamin isn’t the tallest back, but he is explosive and has a thickly built lower half. He runs a 10.7 100-meters, and brings balance and power to the field. He is a threat in space who can also return punts and kicks, and turn short gains into home runs, and he’s tough to tackle.
Benjamin ran before Rutgers coaches during a satellite camp at Florida Atlantic this summer, checking those boxes for the staff.
Now, he’ll spend his next four-to-five years in Piscataway like many Florida players before him have done.
Benjamin picked Rutgers over 12 other schools including Purdue, Tulane, Memphis, and a slew of Group of Five schools.
Benjamin is the 19th player, and seventh from Florida, to join Rutgers’ 2023 class, ranked by 48th 247Sports, and 50th by Rivals.com.
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