June 20, 2007

Dijon Benton musters attention

One of the best kept secrets in the state is Bryant (Ark.) safety Dijon Benton, who will be one of the top players in the Class of 2009.

Benton, 6-foot-2, 176 pounds, was one of several prospects taking part in the Shootout of the South 7-on-7 Tournament this past weekend in Little Rock (Ark.). Benton is a virtual unknown right now, but that will change as his junior season nears.

"The 7-on-7 helps me a lot," Benton said. "You play against a lot of speed and everything and against athletes from other states."

Benton admits that free safety on Friday night requires an athlete to be aware of a team running or throwing the football on virtually every play. In the 7-on-7 format, a free safety knows the other team is going to air it out.

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