With fourteen scholarship offers it would be easy for Michael Bennett of Centerville, Ohio to only…
Bennett Lands Huge Offer
Michael Bennett, the 6'3" 270 pound Centerville (OH) prospect knows where his bread is buttered, and it's his play on either side of the trenches. "I'm just really physical and aggressive," Bennett told Scout.com. "I get most of my success off the initial hit because I explode really well." That type of play earned him a solid junior effort, though Bennett acknowledges that there is always room for improvement. "It went well. I'm kind of a perfectionist so it always could have gone better. My junior season, I just really wanted some more defensive statistics and knocked down some more pancake blocks. I want to go get more of the records." Several universities have taken notice of Bennett, and possibly none bigger than his home state school, the perennial Big Ten power Ohio State Buckeye's. "They invited me down to their junior day, so I went down there and we were shown around by Kurt Coleman throughout the complex. He just showed us around, and then we went into Coach Tressel's office and he talked to us for a little while and then offered." The Buckeye's aren't the only schools in the mix for Bennett, as he holds a handful of other scholarship offers. "I hold eight other offers. I also have Ball State, UAB, Duke, Wake Forest, North Carolina State, Cincinnati, Northwestern and Indiana." Out of the early schools and in the early recruiting stages for the 2011 class, Bennett has a few programs that stick out to him. "I'm really interested in Ohio State and Northwestern. Ohio State has a great athletic program and the academic program at Northwestern is really highly rated on that level." Bennett also has two other schools on his radar that haven't offered yet, but could possibly down the road. "I've gotten some letters from Oregon and the coaches at Notre Dame have talked with me recently and those are two really good schools." But for now, Bennett's main focus will be his indoor track season for Centerville and finishing out his junior year on a high note. "I don't think I'm going to be going to any combines or camps, mostly because of track season. I'm just kind of going to talk to the coaches who have offered me already and see if any other schools offer or are interested."
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