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Benny Snell takes aim at Recruiting Camps and the NCAA in Wide-Ranging Interview

Benny Snell never hesitates to speak his mind.  That was the case when Kentucky’s star running back did sat down for an interview with Bleacher Report.

As Kentucky gains more and more national attention, we’re learning more and more about Snell and the rest of the Wildcats.  During a wide-ranging interview with the Bleacher Report, Snell shared his story, one we all know well.  While reliving his journey to stardom, a few new doors were opened for Snell to explore.

We all know that Benny was overlooked by Ohio State.  Some of his frustrations fall on the coaches, while he puts the rest on the shoulders of “recruiting analysts.”

“Why do they get to say who gets five stars and who gets three stars? That whole rating system at the camps, it’s like you’re put through a slave process. It’s like, ‘Who’s the best slave? He’s good at speed, well, then he gets a 5-star. He’s not? Well, you get a 3-star.’ They just line you up and put stars on your head, and that’s what you are. Nobody is putting a star on me. I’m a 10-star. You can’t put a rank on me. You can’t put a rank on love of the game.”

The other part of Snell’s story that has drawn national attention is an accessory, his mouthpiece.  Highlighted in a piece on College GameDay, his spinner mouthpiece has become a part of a signature look.  Benny has done an excellent job cultivating his brand without receiving any financial compensation for his efforts, while the mouthpiece company has profited.

“A ton of money. All of it off me. ESPN heard about my mouthpiece, so they were like, “Hey, get that, and we’ll get it on camera.” So I put it on and breathe through it, and it spins and makes the whoosh noise, and everyone loves it. Free advertising. It just doesn’t make sense. How can the NCAA not see that? You have to go buy your mouthpiece from the mouthpiece company, and then they sell more mouthpieces because you’re wearing their mouthpiece? And you don’t get a dime from that. Is that fair?”

If that mouthpiece would be a part of the Snell signature line, “It would be disgusting how much money I could make.”  Instead, Snell must refuse a free meal from Chick Fil-A purchased by a generous fan because of NCAA rules.

Benny Snell has always been outspoken, but this is a side of him we haven’t seen.  Kentucky’s star running back said he wants to be a rock star.  He’s performed well under the bright lights.  Now that he’s against the establishment, Snell is one step closer to reaching rock star status.

[Bleacher Report]

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Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

9 Comments for Benny Snell takes aim at Recruiting Camps and the NCAA in Wide-Ranging Interview



  1. Melvit
    1:18 pm November 1, 2018 Permalink

    It’s unfortunate that he used the slave comparison. There is a huge difference between ranking players and slavery.



    • CombatMedic_98
      4:38 pm November 1, 2018 Permalink

      Isn’t that what’s actually going on…all these companies universities and organizations making millllions of dollars just of his IMAGE, NAME, and NUMBER…and he gets ZILCH! Modern day slavery is exactly right. Sad and needs changed.



    • A_Blue_Wildcat
      7:48 pm November 1, 2018 Permalink

      He gets a college education and recognition. No one knew who he was coming out of highschool, 3 star recruit, no chance at making the NFL. Now he’ll be an NFL draft pick, all because of the evil slave system



  2. secrick
    1:37 pm November 1, 2018 Permalink

    Remember Benny it’s about the love of the game not money and that’s what you said.



    • shepdog3720
      1:42 pm November 1, 2018 Permalink

      You right, but is he not allowed to point out the obvious?



  3. Wade
    1:43 pm November 1, 2018 Permalink

    Lets focus on football Snell! when the season is over air your grievances that we all stand behind! Players should get endorsement money and a cut of jersey sales! The stars don’t matter if they gave you 5 all the time there would be no room for improvement and fire in the hearts of snells and josh Allen’s!but this ain’t the time and place! We got GA this week. Your a hero to all and I like how you want to raise up others but heart isn’t measured it’s shown day in and day out. Sometimes it hard to notice one ant amongst a field of worker ants!That’s the business in camps to see what you can see, and evaluate. it’s a hard business and lots go into it.even 5 stars aren’t sure bets on speed and size alone but they help. The word Can’t and the feeling of disrespect keep people grinding!Show your passion against ga this week and not get sidetracked. One week at a time young fella! THe world is ours GO CATS!



  4. John Henry
    2:20 pm November 1, 2018 Permalink

    Not good Benny, stay focused. You were shut down by aTm and Mizzou. When it was crunch time your number was not called. Georgia wants you to run your mouth and get sidetracked. You are smarter than this.



  5. JoeMoney333
    2:31 pm November 1, 2018 Permalink

    We’re so blessed to have all these people tell Benny what to think!



  6. Go Deep
    6:04 pm November 1, 2018 Permalink

    He’s comparing the process of the recruiting camps to how people would evaluate slaves. It’s actually a really close comparison. South Park did an episode that made the same comparison that was surprisingly eye opening. The amateurism aspect is a bit different, but also somewhat unfair that a few kids can have that kind of impact on a product on can’t take a sandwich from somebody. We definitely need to modernize the rules for this type of situation.