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Crestwood's Benjamin excited for opportunity with IWCC

By J. SCOTT SEWELL
jscott@theitem.com
Posted 2/13/20

There were plenty of suitors for Crestwood High School offensive lineman Kalus Benjamin, but Iowa Western Community College ultimately made his decision an easy one.

Benjamin signed with Iowa Western on Feb. 5 to play football for the Reviers in …

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Crestwood's Benjamin excited for opportunity with IWCC

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There were plenty of suitors for Crestwood High School offensive lineman Kalus Benjamin, but Iowa Western Community College ultimately made his decision an easy one.

Benjamin signed with Iowa Western on Feb. 5 to play football for the Reviers in Council Bluffs, Iowa. IWCC has become one of the top football programs in the National Junior College Athletic Association, qualifying for an NJCAA best 10 straight bowl games. Last season, Iowa Western won eight straight games and beat Hinds Community College 34-19 to win the Graphic Edge Bowl.

"It's a great program," said Benjamin. "The coaches reached out to me and showed me mad love throughout the whole process, so that was an easy decision for me to make. Almost every junior college was after me, but I knew where my head was and where I wanted to be so I just knew it was a for-sure thing."

Benjamin, who was named to The Sumter Item All-Area Team, was an absolute force on the Knights offensive line last year, grading out at 84% and recording 27 pancake blocks.

"(Kalus) has an opportunity to play major college football," said Crestwood head coach Roosevelt Nelson. "He's going the junior college route right now, but I have no doubt in mind that he's going to play Power 5 (conference) football within the next year and a half or so. You don't have a lot of people that are 6-(feet-)4(- inches) and 310 pounds that are athletic and can move (like he does) walking around. He's rated one of the top JUCO offensive line prospects in the country coming out of high school...he's a guy that's going to play big time football."

Benjamin is planning to major in criminal justice at IWCC, and hopes the degree can potentially help him transition into becoming a police officer.