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ARRELIOUS BENN

Height: 6-2
Weight: 210 lbs.
School: Dunbar
Hometown: Washington (D.C.)
COMMITMENT: Illinois

PROFILE:

Arrelious Benn may be young for his class, but he sure doesn't play like it.

As the nation's top wide receiver prospect, Benn can do it all.

At 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, he has the size and leaping ability to out-jump smaller defensive backs while also possessing strong hands to catch passes over the middle of the field.

And that's not to mention the 4.4 40-time that he displayed in front of the coaches, showing he can outrun the coverage and explode in the open field to make defenders miss.

While his numbers as a senior might not stand out as much as his previous seasons at Washington D.C.'s Dunbar, Benn has become quite accustomed to double teams.

In the fall, the No. 9 recruit in Tom Lemming's Class of 2007 caught 53 passes for 1,053 yards and seven touchdowns while as a junior he snagged 50 passes for 1,149 yards and 17 touchdowns, with an average of 23 yards per catch.

Lemming says Benn has proven with his athleticism that he's one of the most exciting playmakers in the country.

With Benn already committing to Illinois over Notre Dame and Florida State, coach Ron Zook and Illini fans can expect some early production and some highlights in between.

TOM LEMMING'S TAKE:

He's been blessed with great size, strong hands, leaping ability and explosive speed. This season he's been double-teamed most of the year and although his stats are down, he has still proven to be one of the country's most exciting ball players. Reminds me of Michael Irvin, he can run through tackles and create in the open field.