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Grand Valley State receives first 2017 commitment from ATH Cedric Benton

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Grand Valley State receives first 2017 commitment from ATH Cedric Benton

Ann Arbor Pioneer (Ann Arbor, Michigan) athlete Cedric Benton committed to Grand Valley State University on Friday, officially announcing the news on his Twitter, writing:

“Blessed to say I’ve committed to continue my football career at Grand Valley State University! #AnchorUp”

At 6’2,” and 190 pounds, Cedric Benton had received offers from fellow Division II programs Davenport and Kentucky Christian, but decided to verbally commit to the Lakers following two visits to their Allendale, Michigan campus.

“I made my decision last night after [Assistant] Coach [Jack] Ginn called me in the evening, and the first person I told was my grandma because she helped me get to his point in my life.”

On Saturday, Benton told me that a big part of deciding to remain in-state with GVSU was due to his family, saying, “My grandparents haven’t missed a game of mine in football or basketball since fifth grade, so that was a positive.”

The two-sport athlete discussed his recruitment to Grand Valley State further, telling me, “I’ve talked to all of the coaches, and Coach Ginn was most involved in the recruiting process with me.”

Grand Valley, the winningest program in NCAA Division II history definitely values Cedric Benton for his versatility, as he plays multiple positions, including receiver, safety, cornerback, quarterback, and returner.

I asked Benton if he viewed his adaptability as a strength in his recruitment, and he answered, “Yeah, because I was able to show all [of] my talents even though I was already quarterback, wide receiver, and safety.”

When questioned whether he would like to play on offense and special teams, Cedric answered, “I would like to if I have the opportunity, but most likely just receiver.”

At 12-0 and widely considered one of the best Division II schools in the nation, Grand Valley advanced to the Super Region 4 final this Saturday, and will host rival Ferris State at home next week.

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