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Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Darlene Camacho

Benjamin Kaplan

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 04/02/2013
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THE BASICS

Position: WR
Height: 6-4
Weight: 180
Hometown: St. Charles, Illinois
High School/Previous School: Saint Charles North High School

Coach Mangurian on Kaplan: Early decision. Good size and leaping ability. Instinctive, with high effort and strong work ethic. Attended Columbia football camp. Will extend and catch the ball away from his body. Fights for contested balls. Runs well after catch. Good pick and avoid for a big man. Productive kick off and punt returner; not many 6 foot 3 guys can, or are willing to be a returner. Flashes short area separation. Could play inside or out.

HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Saint Charles North High School in Saint Charles, Ill. ... Played for head coach Mark Gould … Led conference in kick return yardage as a junior… Seventy receptions in 2012 … Also lettered in basketball and track & field.

INTENDED MAJOR: Economics

PERSONAL: Parents are Kathyrn and Larry Kaplan ... Has an older sister, Laura (21).

FUN FACT: Accomplished trumpet player

WHY COLUMBIA? “Best coaching staff to develop my skills. To win an Ivy League Championship and get a great education in the process.”