It wasn’t always a guarantee that Butler Community College star Charlie Benton would play Division 1 football. Benton knew he needed to get his act together especially academically.
Benton said, “I wasn’t getting things done in the class room my 10th and 9th grade years, I tried getting things back on track my junior and senior year but it wasn’t enough.”
Benton knew he had to make a change academically or his dreams were going to fade.
“What changed was that I applied myself better,” said Benton.
So the El Dorado, Kansas native took his talents to Butler Community College and has dominated since he stepped on the field. Through five games this season, Benton has recorded 43 tackles with 22 of them being solo tackles. He also has 1.5 sacks and 1 interception returned for a touchdown.
Benton isn’t one of those players that hate JUCO football. He is actually grateful for the opportunities BCC has given him.
“I’ve became a lot better at football and I have made some friends that’ll be with me for the rest of my life,” said Benton.
So why WVU over other schools that were looking at Benton? For him, it was all about having the opportunity to play once he gets to Morgantown.
“I can play either linebacker and safety and they have some key guys leaving so they expect me to come in and play right away,” said Benton.
There were some reports that said Benton was mainly a safety and was going to switch to outside linebacker when he got to WVU but Benton said those were false and he is a linebacker that can play safety if needed.
Benton actually played basketball mainly until high school and then his parents got him into football.
“I really was a basketball guy until high school that’s when I wanted to really play football,” said Benton.
Benton is a rare athlete. So rare that his coaches think he could go to an even bigger school than WVU. Benton wasn’t sure what schools they were thinking but at the end of the day it was all about playing time. With WVU losing players on the defensive side of the ball after this season, Benton knows the opportunity he has.
Benton said, “I think I could come in and play right away!”
To be a guaranteed starter for Division 1 school, you can’t have a major flaw in your game. Benton knows what his weaknesses are and plans on fixing them. He is known for being an aggressive player and loves to hit hard.
“Getting off blocks better. I know how to do it I just don’t get all the way off and that’ll make you miss a tackle or something,” said Benton.
Benton said that to fix something like that, it isn’t about overthinking it, its just about making sure your technique is sound.
Benton hasn’t officially visited Morgantown but is expected to visit next month. When he asked what he is most excited about, Benton’s answer was simple,
“Just ready to be a Mountaineer.”