January 25, 2010

Bennett recaps visit, announces another trip

Bryon Bennett's official visit to Ole Miss this past weekend went better than expected.

And that's saying something since the Madison (Central), Miss., defensive lineman was anticipating a great 48 hours on his future college campus. Spending time with future teammates high school acquaintances, Bennett was pleased with how things developed over the weekend.

"Everything was great and a lot of fun," Bennett said. "I'm 100 percent solid and feel good about the decision. I knew it would be a good time and it was."

While the three-star 6-foot-2, 250-pounder insists he is firm to the Rebels, Bennett did tell of a new development. He'll officially visit North Carolina this weekend and check out the Tar Heels. UNC has been in contact with Bennett for several months.

"The coaches have been calling, and I told them I'll at least take a look," Bennett said. "Ole Miss shouldn't be worried. I'm just making sure it's the right decision.

"I want to look at their facilities and see the campus. And also see how they run their defense and all that. I know they've got a good program."

Bennett committed to Ole Miss in December and was the first high school in-state verbal for the Rebels in the 2010 class. Seen as a leader of the committed prospects, Bennett wanted to help persuade those uncommitted during his official visit. On his way back to Madison, Bennett offered up these impressions of Carlos Thompson, Vincent Sanders and Shon Coleman.

Thompson: "I think he's the closest of those to making a decision. I really think he'll end up at Ole Miss. I could see that with him."

Coleman: "He likes it there, and Ole Miss is in it, I think. He's not 100 percent to Auburn, definitely not."

Sanders: "Vince was really quiet and kind of kept to himself. It's tough to get a good read on what he's thinking. Just based off the visit, I don't have an idea on him."

Bennett primarily played defensive tackle in high school, but the Rebels are considering the idea of moving him outside to defensive end. Either place is fine with Bennett.

"I move well and can control my body," Bennett said. "I just want to get on the field, wherever that is."

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