It was reported over the weekend that former four-star Georgia player Brent Benedict had decided to leave the school due to personal reasons, although it was unclear what might be his next football destination.
While that remains the case, there will be no restrictions placed on where the offensive lineman will be permitted to continue his collegiate career by his now-former school.
Continuing a “tradition” that was in place during his days at Florida — and apparently continues to this day — UGA athletic director Greg McGarity tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Benedict will be free to transfer to any school in the country. And, yes, that includes other schools in the SEC.
“I bring the same philosophy as we had at Florida,” McGarity, the former longtime associate AD, told the paper. “UF If a kid’s not happy, we just want him to be happy. Ninety-nine percent of the time, I don’t care where he goes. These four or five years are the supposed to be the best and most important of these kids’ lives and they need to be happy. …
“It’s the theory of plenty. There’s plenty of good ones everywhere. I don’t worry if they go to Florida or Tech and may come back to beat us. You can’t think that way. Life’s too short. [Student-athletes] are our most valuable resource. If they’re not happy here, I want to see them happy somewhere.”
The Journal-Constitution noted that Florida and South Carolina were among the finalists for Benedict before the Jacksonville, Fla., product chose the Bulldogs in 2009, so there’s the possibility he ends up back in the same conference. Others who Benedict reportedly seriously considered were Ohio State, USC and Notre Dame, and the lineman’s father told the paper that he “would imagine some of them would take a look at him again.”
Benedict sat out last season as he recovered from major knee damage suffered during his senior year of high school. However, Benedict participated in this season’s spring practice and was listed as the backup to Cordy Glenn at right tackle.
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Ohio State has quietly added Joker Phillips and Brian Knorr — two experienced college coaches — to Urban Meyer’s staff.
Although the athletics department has not made an announcement yet, Phillips is listed in Ohio State’s employee directory as a sports program associate with the working title of “Football QC – kicking,” which presumably means he is a quality control assistant for the Ohio State kicking game.
Knorr is listed simply as an athletics intern.
OSU tonight confirms hire of former UK HC & Browns Asst Coach Joker Phillips to support position for Urban Meyer. Has no on-field duty.
Of the two, Phillips is the more experienced. Now 53, he began his coaching career as a G.A. at Kentucky, his alma mater, and eventually spent six seasons as a full-time receivers coach for the Wildcats in the early 1990s.
He also coached at Minnesota, Notre Dame and South Carolina before returning to Lexington as an assistant and eventually rising to head coach in 2010.
Make that four new additions to Texas’ 2016 recruiting class in late June.
The school announced Wednesday that Patrick Hudson, an in-state offensive lineman from Silsbee, has signed a financial aid agreement and is expected to enroll in Austin in July when the second summer session begins.
Hudson is a four-star prospect and the 50th-best player in the country according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.
He signed with Baylor in February but was granted a release from his letter of intent after a report accusing members of the school and athletics department of mishandling accusations and incidents of sexual assault delved the school into controversy.
J.P. Urquidez and brothers Devin and Donovan Duvernay also signed with the Longhorns in the past week.
“We’re really excited to have Patrick joining our program,” Texas coach Charlie Strong said in a release. “Patrick coming to Texas, along with J.P. and Donovan earlier this week, are tremendous additions to an already impressive class of 2016. Patrick and J.P. are two big, physical, talented linemen, and Donovan is an explosive athlete who has played on both sides. We’re looking forward to getting them on campus and working with the team.”
Urquidez is also a four-star offensive lineman while Devin Duvernay is a four-star receiver and Donovan Duvernay is a three-star athlete per 247Sports.
Texas’ class is ranked seventh nationally and No. 1 in the Big 12 as Strong looks to put a rocky start to his tenure behind him and return the Longhorns to national prominence.
They start the season with a visit from Notre Dame on Sept. 4.
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