Last summer at Michigan’s football camp, 2017 Montreal, QC (Cegep du Vieux) three-star cornerback Benjamin St-Juste entered as a unknown recruit. During his time at the Michigan campe he really impressed the coaching staff. As a result, Michigan decided to offer him and St-Juste had seen enough and committed to Michigan on the spot. It appears like the coaching staff found a very under-the-radar prospect. Even though, the talented Canadian committed to Michigan, he is still somewhat of an unknown prospect.
This past Sunday, St-Juste had a chance to perform on a big stage at the New Jersey Regional Opening camp at the New York Jets practice facility. Well, St-Juste lived up to what he all thought he could do: he balled out. He had a Sparq rating of 117; which was the fourth best rating in the entire camp. In addition, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound cornerback, ran a forty time of 4.60, 3.93 shuttle time, and a 35-inch vertical.
“I think I performed really good at the New Jersey Regional,” St-Juste informed about his performance at the New Jersey regional. “I had one interception and four pass breakups. The rest was tight coverage against all the receivers and the ball didn’t touch the receivers hands.”
Exploding off the scene and impressing people at the camp was not the only thing he was doing during his time their. St-Juste was recruiting some prospects, but one recruit in particular in 2017 Alexandria, VA (Episcopal) four-star defensive end Luiji Vilian and 2017 Alexandria, VA (Episcopal) four-star safety Jonathan Sutherland. Both of those prospects are from Canada.
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“I talked with Luiji Vilian the defensive end who was in New Jersey with me,” St-Juste told me. “I am trying to recruit him and his friend and teammate Jonathan Sutherland, we’re all Canadians. I talked to him during the camp in the morning and a bit after the camp. I am not sure where Jonathan stands with Michigan, but Luiji told me he really likes Michigan. Vilian and I are planning on trying to get up to Ann Arbor this summer, he plans to commit in the summer.”
St-Juste felt a special connection at Ann Arbor when he was there last summer, when he committed. When he is recruiting prospects to Michigan, he is trying to show targets and prospects about how special Michigan is and they’re building something special.
“I committed to Michigan because they were the first to recognize my talent and to give me a chance to play division-one football. Also, the school and the football team is great, the coaching staff and the defensive scheme fits perfectly with my style. Plus, they’re building a special thing there and that’s what I am selling to prospects for why they should come to Michigan.”
The three-star Michigan commit plans to enroll early come January. St-Juste is trying to take his game and ability to the next level by the time he enters spring ball at Michigan. Well, Michigan cornerbacks coach Brian Smith came by recently to help St-Juste get ready for the next level.
“Over the offseason, I have worked on my speed, my agility, my off-man coverage, and I got bigger; gained 5 pounds of muscle. Coach Smith came to my high school two weeks ago, and talked to me about what I need to do to be ready at the next level and where I will play at Michigan. He just talked to me about the defense scheme, my classes, and my football season. He also told me they plan to play me at cornerback or safety, I can move a lot in the secondary, so it’s up to them to choose.”
St-Juste will visit Michigan this summer in August, regardless if he brings along some of his Canadian friends. The visit will be to meet the players and get more comfortable with the coaching staff and recruits in the 2017 recruiting class.
– Shane Kinnee (Senior Editor)