ESPN 300 wide receiver Richard Benjamin (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Bay Tech) said that he was looking for something different during his official visit to Purdue on Oct. 13. The 6-foot, 190-pound senior said he wanted to see what things were like away from the Florida schools.
And while Benjamin said it was very different, it was also a welcome change.
"I liked the school; it was different from all the Florida schools,” Benjamin said. “Just the look of the school, the diversity, the people, the students, the fans, they are much different than the fans at the Florida schools. During the games they stand the whole time.”
Benjamin had the opportunity to hang out with a few players, most notably cornerback Frankie Williams, who played against Benjamin last year while at Tampa (Fla.) Robinson.
“I was hanging out with Frankie most of the time. I met some other players, too, but it was good to catch up with Frankie,” Benjamin added. “Frankie is a friend and he told me how things are in the program.”
The coaching staff and their interactions with the players was also something that stood out to Benjamin.
“The coaches aren't just coaches but father figures as well,” Benjamin explained. “They work hard to help the players on and off the field.
“Academically the school is challenging, and I like that. There are high standards here for everyone whether you are an athlete or not. Just going to that school and earning a certificate is a big deal. There are a lot of Purdue graduates that have great jobs.”
All in all Benjamin said that the visit opened his eyes to some things and increased his interest in Purdue.
“It was a little better than I expected,” Benjamin said. “I thought it was just going to be a visit and we'd talk about the program, but it was so much more.
“And another shout out to the fans. The fans knew I was coming; I signed autographs at the games. They are very loyal and nice.”
Benjamin said he hasn’t decided on his next trip yet, but it will be to Texas A&M or Louisville in November.