Georgia commitment Brent Benedict, one of the top offensive line prospects in the country, suffered what was described as a “catastrophic knee injury” in a game Friday night in Jacksonville.
Benedict, a 6-foot-6, 290-pound offensive tackle who stars for The Bolles School, reportedly injured the knee when he was simply running down the field to celebrate a touchdown during a 68-0 win over Yulee, according to a report in The Florida Times-Union. There was no contact on the play.
T-U reporter Carlon Hays quoted coach Corky Rogers: “It seems to be about as bad as it can get. “It looked like somebody had shot him when he went down.”
Rogers said that Benedict is likely looking at 12-18 months of rehabilitation after surgery.
Neither Rogers nor Benedict could be reached Monday but I’ll update this post as soon as I hear back from them.
Benedict is one of the Bulldogs’ top recruits for 2010. He is ranked the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-best tackle in the nation by Rivals, ESPN and Scout, respectively.
Georgia has not had good fortune with its bluechip O-line recruits of late. Offensive lineman Austin Long of Memphis had back surgery last spring after signing with the Bulldogs as the No. 2 recruit out of the state of Tennessee. And starting tackle Trinton Sturdivant of North Carolina has suffered season-ending knee injuries each the last two seasons.