Texas Tech just landed a massive target in their 2018 recruiting class. The Red Raiders have been chasing Texarkana outside linebacker Xavier Benson since they extended an offer in May. He’s one of their favorite targets in the 2018 recruiting class, and linebackers coach Zac Spatival couldn’t be more pleased to get him in the fold this early on. The Red Raiders haven’t exactly done a great job recruiting thus far, but in the last few weeks they’ve really picked up the pace, landing an incredible 13 recruits since the beginning of June.
— Xavier (@Zayyy_Benson) July 24, 2017
THE BENSON FILE
Benson is the 16th commit in Texas Tech’s 2018 recruiting class, and the first linebacker. Tech’s class is relatively offense-centric thus far, as Benson is one of just 7 defenders in the class, and one of those, Jabari James, could end up on the other side of the ball. With Texas Tech’s recent defensive issues (something Kliff Kingsbury is absolutely aware of, by the way), it’s reasonable to expect the Red Raiders to hit the defense hard when filling up the remainder of their 2018 class. They have a number of linebacker and defensive back targets remaining on their board, so keep an eye on the Red Raiders for the next few months, because they could make some noise.
Benson picked Texas Tech over offers from Arkansas State, Army, ULL, ULM, Memphis, North Texas, Rice, SMU, Southern Miss, Texas State, Tulane, Tulsa and Wyoming. Texas Tech may be his only power five offer so far, but he absolutely has the talent to play in the Big 12, and I expect some higher profile offers to start flowing in sooner rather than later. His recent visit to Lubbock completely sold him on the chance to play for Texas Tech, as he got a chance to see the campus and was recruited hard with the chance to play early.
On the field, Benson is an athletic, hard-hitting pass rusher. He’s a walking nightmare for opposing quarterbacks, and frequently disrupts plays with his freakish athleticism and ability to blitz. He’s fantastic at shedding blocks, and plays at 100 miles per hour at all times. That aggression sometimes gets him in trouble on the field, especially in coverage. His coverage skills will need some development at the next level, both in man and in zone, but that’s pretty common when it comes to young linebackers. If he develops his skills, he has the freak talent to thrive in the Big 12. His ceiling comparison is Zach Brown.