Tigers Pick Up 8th Football Verbal Commitment

Auburn picked up its second verbal football commitment of the day from a Georgia prep star.

Dalton, Ga.--Auburn picked up its second public verbal commitment of the day and eighth overall from Cole Bennett, a 6-5, 230-pound tight end from Dalton High School.

A regular at Auburn games this year, Bennett runs a 4.61 40 and says that AU is a perfect situation for him because he likes the program, coaches and players and that Auburn needs tight ends with Lorenzo Diamond graduating. "I think I will have a chance to play right away," he says. There are only two other tight ends on the team--junior Robert Johnson and freshman Cooper Wallace.

Bennett said he picked the Tigers over Georgia Tech. He also looked at Georgia, Florida, Middle Tennessee State and Alabama.

"It's a big factor having a chance to come in and play early," Bennett says. "That is definitely a consideration for going to Auburn. I don't want to go to a school that is already stockpiled with tight ends."

Another plus for the Tigers is the fact that Auburn makes the tight end a key part of the offense. The tight ends were featured in Auburn's last game, a heartbreaking loss to Florida in overtime. At times the Tigers use two tight end sets. At other times they line up the tight end in the backfield like a wingback. The tight end is also put in motion and at times used like a wide receiver who lines up outside and tries to get deep into the opponent's secondary.

Bennett says he has scored five touchdowns so far this season--four on pass receptions and one on an interception. "I am not sure exactly how many catches I have. It is around 15-20." He also has 15 tackles for his 4-2 team that plays at Lakeview Fort Ogelthorpe on Friday.

Cole Bennett

Another plus for the Tigers is the campus and city. "The atmosphere is great there," Bennett says. "Auburn is my idea of what a college atmosphere should be like. I like the campus and the town. I like the people there and the intensity of the fans."

In his fourth season as a varsity starter, Bennett is coming off a junior season in which he caught 38 passes for 640 yards with seven touchdowns.

Dalton lines up Bennett in a variety of positions on offense--in the backfield, at tight end and split wide like a receiver as well as on end as a defender. He is a three-sport athlete who broke into the starting lineup in basketball as a sophomore and played as the sixth man as a junior. In track he has high jumped six-feet-two and also runs on his team's 4x100 relay.

Tiger Ticket Extra: Bennett has been privately committed to the Tigers for some time now, but originally planned to announce his decision to play for the Tigers during the Georgia at Auburn game weekend. "I just decided to go ahead and make it public to get the recruiting pressure off," he says. The tight end says he plans to take an unofficial visit to see the Tigers play LSU on Saturday.

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