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Binjimen Victor enjoying Army All-American Bowl before it's back to recruiting

Binjimen Victor (Photo: U.S. Army All-American Bowl)

Binjimen Victor (Photo: U.S. Army All-American Bowl)

SAN ANTONIO — Binjimen Victor is taking it easy this week.

That doesn’t mean the four-star recruit out of Coconut Creek High in Florida is slacking in his preparation for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. No, it just means the 6-foot-4, 177-pound wide receiver can focus on simply playing football rather than being recruited because of it.

“This is my relaxing week because when I get back I’ve got official visits,” Victor said Wednesday. “So, it’s just a week I can chill and relax.”

Victor is relishing the chance to possibly play one last game with a pair of his high school teammates and compete against the nation’s best on Saturday at the Alamodome.

“I just want to go in and help my team win,” Victor said. “Anything I have to do, whatever the coaches tell me to do, I’ll do it just so my team can win. It’s not about being selfish.”

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It’s that hard-working and selfless mentality, along with a prototype build for a wide receiver, which has made Victor such a highly recruited prospect.

He is rated as the nation’s eighth-best receiver and 75th overall prospect by 247Sports. He is being recruited by dozens of the nation’s top programs.

“It’s been kind of stressful,” Victor said. “At the beginning, it was really fun when you’re getting offers. But the end, when it’s time to make that decision, it gets hard. Around December there are coaching changes and all that stuff, so you’ve got to rethink and make the right decision for you. It is kind of stressful. I hope I make the right decision and I can go in and play right away.”

Victor said he is still considering Auburn, Florida, Louisville, Ohio State, Tennessee and West Virginia.

“These are schools that have been with me throughout my whole recruiting process and that’s what schools I feel fit my play style,” Victor said.

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He plans to wait and announce his decision Feb. 3 during National Signing Day.

Victor said he and Coconut Creek High School teammates Trayvon Mullen and Malek Young have discussed possibly signing with the same university.

Young, a 5-10, 182-pound defensive back, is expected to choose between Miami, Georgia and Florida State. Young was committed to Georgia but changed his mind and decommitting after the coaching change.

LSU and Florida State are considered the finalists for Mullen, a 6-1, 168-pound defensive back.

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“We’ve been through a lot throughout these three years together at Coconut Creek,” Victor said. “Now it’s time for us to make that decision. We don’t know where we’re going.”

The chance of all three staying together is remote, which makes Saturday’s national all-star game even more special for the longtime friends.

“If we don’t go to the same school, at least we know we’re playing with each other one more time on the football field,” Victor said. “For us to have this opportunity, that’s just a blessing for us. We’ve got to represent where we’re from and our school.”

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