December 16, 2009

Bennett makes his college decision

Bryon Bennett figured it out long before February.

The Madison (Central), Miss., defensive tackle recently said a decision on where he'll attend college could not happen until National Signing Day the first Wednesday in February, but that selection came much sooner.

Bennett committed to Ole Miss Wednesday, giving the Rebels their first in-state high school commitment for the 2010 class. The three-star 6-foot-2, 250-pounder placed Ole Miss in the lead during the season and has consistently stayed high on the program headed to the Cotton Bowl for the second straight year - this time against Oklahoma State.

"I'm all about how Ole Miss plays defense," Bennett told recently. "The rotation and the chance to play early are two things that fit. I've been to the campus a lot, and it's comfortable. Close to home isn't an issue, but you want somewhere that feel right."

Although listed at defensive tackle, Bennett is likely to move out to defensive end at the next level. The Rebels - and every other team that has offered except Oklahoma - see him shifting to the edge.

The spot on the defensive line doesn't have an impact with Bennett.

"I want to get after the quarterback, so that's a plus to being out there," Bennett said. "But it doesn't matter to me, because I handle my body well and can do either. It's just about getting on the field, not the spot once I'm out there."

Bennett's finalists were Ole Miss, Oklahoma and Texas Tech. In fact, Bennett has an official visit scheduled for Lubbock, Texas, this weekend, but the status of that trip is unknown at this time.

Ole Miss is slated to entertain Bennett on his official visit in Oxford, Miss., Jan. 22.

Derrick Nix is in charge of Bennett's recruitment for the Rebels. Other than his top three, Bennett also holds offers from Arkansas, Baylor, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Southern Mississippi, Michigan State and Syracuse.

"God has blessed me with the ability to play football with the next level, and I'm just thankful for that," Bennett said over the summer. "I want to fulfill my potential and be successful. People have supported me, and you can't let them down."

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