December 22, 2009

Bennett has 'a lot of think about' after visit

Bryon Bennett called the Ole Miss coaching staff less than a week ago and told them he wanted to be a Rebel.

That remains the case for the most part, but a weekend visit to Texas Tech has somewhat confused the three-star defensive tackle out of Madison (Central), Miss. Bennett, along with teammate Carlton Martin, tripped to Lubbock, Texas, and left impressed with the campus and the people.

"The whole trip was surprising because it was really cool and went well," Bennett said. "The campus was large, and I didn't realize that. It was an A-plus. And the coaches were really cool. I had a good time."

Bennett admits his first official visit has made his decision a little tougher than he thought it would be. He is still committed, but the percentage toward Ole Miss isn't full strength.

"I'd say 65 or 70 percent toward Ole Miss," Bennett said. "I've just got a lot to think about."

Citing the available playing time and the attitude of the Texas Tech coaches, Bennett returned to Mississippi excited about what Lubbock has to offer. Most recruits have favorable opinions as soon as visits end, and Bennett acknowledged that possibility.

"I really think I'll know more when I let this sink in and give it a few days to let the newness wear off," Bennett said. "I'm pumped up with momentum right now, so it's a big to let that wear off and evaluate after that."

Bennett was the first in-state high school commitment for Ole Miss and has been attempting to get other high-end Mississippi prospects to pledge with the Rebels. Shon Coleman, Martin and Carlos Thompson are the three Bennett has stayed in contact with.

Since his commitment isn't iron clad, one could think the message would lose luster to other recruits, but Bennett doesn't see it that way.

"I'm still committed and can be honest when I talk to those guys," Bennett said. "My message won't change. I was the one to take charge and choose Ole Miss."

Bennett plans to officially visit Syracuse, Kentucky and Ole Miss in January.

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