In two of the last three recruiting cycles, Kentucky has signed blue chip recruits from Detroit’s Oak Park High School. Steve Clinkscale is trying to convince another talent from the trenches to join the BBN.
Four-star offensive lineman Rayshaun Benny is considered one of the top five players from the state of Michigan. Rivals ranks him as the No. 86 player overall in the class of 2021 and the No. 15 offensive tackle.
Far from making a decision, this week Benny shared a list of schools that have piqued his interest the most so far: Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, Penn State, Ohio State, Arkansas and Kentucky.
Benny’s recruitment feels like déjà vu all over again.
Every recruiting service has projected Benny to play offensive line at the next level, but earlier this week he told the Detroit Free Press that he prefers to play on the defensive line. Sound familiar? That’s what Marquan McCall and Justin Rogers said when they were ranked as top five offensive guards in America. Other schools wanted them to open up holes as blockers at the collegiate level. Coach Clink pitched them a place on Kentucky’s defensive line, leading them to sign on the dotted line with the Wildcats.
In a conversation with 247 Sports, Benny acknowledged Oak Park’s recent history with Kentucky and said, “They treat me like a priority versus a want.”
What makes Benny’s recruitment different than McCall or Rogers is that other schools have learned lessons from their previous mistakes. Tennessee is using former UK defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh to recruit Benny and Derrick LeBlanc extended his relationship with Benny from Lexington to Arkansas.
It will be many months before we will know if Coach Clink can make history repeat itself. Until then, enjoy some of Benny’s best work in the trenches.