Benny Snell has been overlooked for most of his life.
As a three-star recruit (class of 2016) out of Westerville, Ohio, Snell collected offers from a group of schools that were less than astounding: Kentucky, Cincinnati, Iowa, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Miami (Ohio), and Toledo.
Being overlooked by the in-state Ohio State Buckeyes gave Benny the motivation to push himself and get to where he is today.
He felt like he was snubbed by Ohio State.
“They were shying away from me and I didn’t know why,” Snell said on The Jim Rome Show this week. “I felt like I was obviously the best [running] back.”
He was right. The running backs Ohio State signed in 2016 were Demario McCall and Antonio Williams. Now, they probably regret not recruiting Snell harder.
Snell said he felt like politics were the reason why Ohio State wasn’t on him more. He didn’t have five stars next to his name, so they didn’t even give him a chance. But it didn’t matter.
“I just prepared and worked by butt off,” Snell said. “They didn’t see that...and it just blew my mind.”
But that’s okay. Benny is proving everyone in the country wrong by becoming one of the, if not the best, running backs in the nation. And he’s happy to be where he is today.
“I’m so glad I’m at Kentucky, and I’m so glad I became the man I am,” he said. “I became bigger than I ever thought I’d be.”
Kentucky is happy to have him, too, as he becomes an all-time Kentucky great and legitimate Heisman Trophy contender.
Watch Benny’s whole interview here:
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