Tampa (Fla.) Middleton three-star wide receiver Richard Benjamin hit the road last weekend to visit Purdue.
Benjamin has yet to schedule his next official visit.
“It was a nice experience because it was different from anything in the state of Florida,” Benjamin said. “I really liked the campus, the coaches, and I liked the temperature.”
The 5-foot-11, 190-pound two-way player had a chance to sit down and speak at length with the head coach of the Boilermakers.
“I talked to Coach (Danny) Hope and he told me they could use me either at corner, safety, running back or receiver,” Benjamin said. “He said there are multiple ways that I could help at Purdue. He said they are really, really interested in me.”
Benjamin saw that he could make an impact on the roster for the Big Ten football team after watching them fall short against Wisconsin.
“The game, I felt like they played to the best of their ability but there are some aspects where they can get better,” Benjamin said. “I feel like I could come in and be a threat deep or on defense. I just feel like I could come in and help them right now.”
Beyond the football field, Benjamin was impressed with the academics and general feeling he got while in West Lafayette.
“What stood out to me was the culture and the atmosphere of the school,” Benjamin said.
After the visit, Benjamin has some strong thoughts on Purdue.
“They stand pretty high,” Benjamin said. “I don’t have a top school or real list of favorites, but I am really liking Purdue.”
Purdue was Benjamin’s first official visit. He plans to take an official visit to Louisville or Texas A&M next. A date hasn’t been set for when his next visit will occur.
Benjamin isn’t working with a timeline for making a decision.