July 30, 2009

Bennett gathering information at camps

The majority of the prospects in attendance during summer camps are eager to impress on the field and hopefully pick up an offer to the respective school.

But for some of the better-known recruits, the events serve as information sessions as much as anything else. Madison (Madison Central), Miss., defensive lineman Bryon Bennett fits into that category.

Bennett, the 6-foot-2, 255-pound, three-star tackle, visited Mississippi State Friday and Ole Miss Saturday and spent much of his time talking to coaches and getting more familiar with the teams' depth charts and personnel. Playing time will definitely play a part in Bennett's decision.

"It was a good weekend," Bennett said. "I got some one-on-one time with a few coaches for both schools. I talked to Coach (David) Turner at MSU Friday, and Saturday, I talked with Coach (Terry) Price, Derrick Nix and his brother (Tyrone Nix)."

Rivals.com' No. 28 defensive tackle nationally has reported offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, Alabama, Arkansas, Baylor and Texas Tech. He recently named Ole Miss, Alabama and Arkansas as the three early favorites in no particular order. The offer from the Red Raiders came earlier this week.

"Those three are up there, but I'm curious about Texas Tech," Bennett said. "I'll have to get over there and check it out at least. I think I could start early for them, but we'll see. I don't know a lot about them, but I will eventually."

While chatting with several members of Ole Miss' defensive coaching staff Saturday, Bennett learned more about possible playing time with the Rebels.

"They were selling me on the opportunities over there," Bennett said. "They've got a reputation for defensive linemen, and I liked everything they said."

Bennett will now shift his focus to football at Madison Central. He hopes to help lead the Jaguars to the Mississippi 6A state title and also have a solid individual year, that will bring attention to what he sees as a recent snub. Bennett attended the Clarion-Ledger Dandy Dozen event last week at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson, but it was in support of teammate Carlton Martin -- not as a participant.

"I thought I'd be included, and it was a goal of mine," Bennett said. "I was a little surprised, but I'll use it as motivation going forward. Maybe I can prove I'm one of the 12 best players at the end of the year."

The end of the year is also when Bennett plans to pick back up his recruiting.

"I'm just going to sit back for a while," Bennett said. "I'm pretty sure of that. I probably won't do anything for a bit."

Bennett had 72 tackles and 12.5 sacks in 2008.

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