GCHS gridiron member draws attention from Centre College

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By Paul Gable

The last three years on the Grant County High School football gridiron are beginning to pay off for Braves senior Rex Benson, who was recently invited to a meeting with the coaching staff at Centre College. While there, Benson met individually with linebackers coach Carter Conley, took a tour of the campus and met with other prospective players.

"It was a good overall experience. It was pretty cool knowing that I'm one of their top guys. Coach Conley really made me feel welcomed. There were about 20 other prospects down there and Coach Conley spent the entire day getting to know me," Benson said.

During his career at Grant County High School, Benson has split time between running back and linebacker, starting for three years.

According to Grant County High School head coach Mike Davis, Benson is expected to start again this season. Every year, he has finished in the top five in tackles.

"Rex does a good job. He has made academics his top priority and that is going to pay off when he goes off to college. He is a hard worker," Benson said.

With this being his final season, Benson, who has been limited the last two months with a hamstring injury, has some big goals.

"I am ready to get back to work. Grant County is going to do big things this year. We're going to build on what we did last season. Our goal is to be able to play for the regional championship on our own field. Most of us seniors have been playing together since we were 7, 8 years old. It's time for one last go around," Benson said.

Benson and his teammates began their pursuit of those goals Monday night at their first practice.