Offensive line coach Jack Bicknell loaded up in 2019, signing seven offensive linemen. Now, in 2020 the Ole Miss offensive line coach is back at it again. After committing in-state three-star Eli Acker earlier in the process, the Rebs have secured another verbal pledge from Magnolia State native Kahlil Benson.
The three-star offensive guard from Southaven, Miss. chose to commit to the Rebels over early offers from Indiana, Kentucky, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, Tennessee, and Tulane.
The prospect from Southaven High School is still emerging on the recruiting scene and is starting to catch the interest of Power 5 teams, especially now that he received an offer from the Vols.
Committed!!! Ole Miss @KTOMom @reggie6280 @CoachClark3 @CoachBicknell @CoachMattLuke @Chargersuknow @SouthavenHigh @RivalsJohnson @247Sports pic.twitter.com/DF6SkwZjw7— Kahlil Benson (@BensonKahlil) June 10, 2019
The nation’s No. 56 offensive guard is an athletic dude who plays both ways for the Chargers and is certainly versatile enough to play inside or outside due to his exceptional feet and elite length.
How does he fit in?
At 6’6, 305-pounds, he has an ideal build for a college strength and conditioning program. There isn’t a lot of high school baby fat to shed and his feet and hands are pretty good for a 17-year old.
‘20 OL Kahlil Benson had a strong day at UA New Orleans Camp. Nice frame, aggressive w/ upside @BensonKahlil @DemetricDWarren @AllAmericaGame @AllAmericaGame #WeWill pic.twitter.com/XJ3NQMG3tk— Craig Haubert (@CraigHaubert) March 16, 2019
In pass protection, his kick slides are balanced and he sets extremely well at the point of attack. And his punch doesn't decline when giving ground. In the run game, he gets downhill in a hurry and is mean as hell. Whether it’s a down block, double team, or a hit and run to the next level, he is looking to bury someone beneath the turf on every play.
His athleticism is something that will be cherished as well once he gets to Oxford and will give Bicknell the flexibility of moving him to left or right guard and/or tackle.