Florida State fans will once again see “Benson” on the back of a Seminoles jersey in 2024.
BREAKING: Former Alabama WR Malik Benson has Committed to Florida State, he tells @on3sports— Hayes Fawcett (@Hayesfawcett3) January 8, 2024
The 6’1 195 WR was ranked as the No. 1 Player in JUCO before transferring to Alabama
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This past season as a junior, Benson played in 14 games for the Crimson Tide, notching 13 receptions for 162 yards and one touchdown. The Alabama wide receiver corps as a whole struggled this season but while Benson didn’t put up eye-popping statistics, he was considered the best blocker in the wideout room.
The 6’1”, 195 pound Benson came to Tuscaloosa as the top-ranked JUCO prospect in the 2022 cycle, regardless of position, with nearly every major college program having offered him. In two years at Hutchinson Community College, Benson set the school record for receiving yards with 2,152.
He has excellent speed for his size and FSU will look to unlock and further develop the JUCO version of Benson. He’ll be a veteran addition to a very young wide receiver unit in Tallahassee and should immediately be in the rotation once he learns the playbook.
Here is his 247Sports evaluation:
Standout high school track athlete running as low as the 10.4’s in the 100-meter dash. Also had great marks in the 200-meter dash and the long-jump. Is not just a track athlete playing football though. He showed in high school and two seasons of junior college that he can be productive on the gridiron. Uses his explosiveness and top end to take a top off the defense and is also a threat to score on short passes. Is not just fast, but is a slippery open field runner who shows he can break tackles and has good balance. Sudden on double moves and has improved a lot in his route running craft. Adequate size and physical strength but a special athlete who has major big-play ability. Shows he can make contested catches when need be, but remains to be seen if he can consistently do that against Power Five competition. But he projects as a high-impact guy at a major program and has clear NFL early-round upside.
From his Bama bio:
Speedy wideout who transferred to Alabama from the junior college ranks ... came to Tuscaloosa as the top-rated JUCO transfer at any position ... totaled 13 receptions for 162 yards and one score at wideout ... also registered one tackle on special teams ... selected as one of the offensive players of the week by the Alabama coaching staff for his play at Kentucky and against Chattanooga. Middle Tennessee: Recorded one catch for a gain of five yards in his Crimson Tide debut. Texas: Totaled 33 yards on two catches with a long gain of 27. USF: Caught one pass for no gain while adding a tackle on punt coverage. Ole Miss: Got the start at wideout against the Rebels. Mississippi State: Hauled in one pass for a 27-yard gain in his start in Starkville. Texas A&M: Started against the Aggies, recording one catch for a gain of five yards. Arkansas: Recorded one catch for a four-yard gain in his start on Homecoming. Tennessee: Converted a first down on his 17-yard reception against the Vols. LSU: Earned playing time in the top-15 matchup. Kentucky: Got the starting nod against the Wildcats ... totaled one reception for 15 yards and a first down. Chattanooga: Caught all three of his targets for 23 yards and a touchdown ... converted one first down to go along with his 20-yard score. Auburn: Recorded a first down with his 33-yard reception in the Iron Bowl. Georgia: Targeted twice but did not record a catch against the Bulldogs.
Prior to Alabama
Widely regarded as the nation’s top junior college prospect out of Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College ... a five-star recruit by On3.com and a four-star by the remaining recruiting services ... the unanimous top-ranked junior college player in the country, regardless of position ... caught 43 passes for 1,229 yards and 11 touchdowns in 11 games for head coach Drew Dallas at Hutchinson as a freshman, earning first team NJCAA DI All-America honors ... followed that up with 923 receiving yards and 10 more touchdowns on 54 receptions as a sophomore, breaking the Hutchinson C.C. school record for receiving yards with 2,152 ... played for head coach Dylan Brown at Lansing (Kan.) High School and finished his high school career with 1,119 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns across three seasons, including 700 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior ... chose Alabama over Georgia, LSU, Oregon and Tennessee.