Award-Winning Recruit To Visit Tigers

A highly-regarded high school football prospect plans to visit Auburn this weekend.

Dalton, Ga.--For 2003 tight end recruits, Auburn is offering a very good opportunity.

With junior Robert Johnson announcing last week that he plans to enter the National Football League draft and Lorenzo Diamond graduating as a senior, there is only one scholarship tight end left on the roster--redshirt freshman Cooper Wallace.

Bennett, a 6-5, 225-pounder from Dalton High School, is scheduled to be another one in the tight end group when two-a-days begin in August. On Oct. 7th, he announced that he was going to sign with the Tigers on Feb. 5th. He was also being recruited by Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida, Alabama and others at the time. Bennett says he picked the Tigers for a variety of reasons with the opportunity for early playing time being one of the main reasons.

Cole Bennett has good hands as a receiver at tight end.

Before he is ready to play college football, the Dalton High senior has several more months of rehab scheduled after suffering an ACL injury that required surgery on Nov. 13th. "The doctors say the rehab is going well and that I am two months ahead of schedule," Bennett tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I am lifting weights and doing a lot of rehab work in the pool."

An honor student, Bennett plans to check out Auburn's business school on his official visit this weekend. He was recently named the winner of a $1,000 scholarship presented to 40 high school senior scholar-athletes in the state of Georgia by the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame. "I am really looking forward to the visit this weekend," he says.

Tiger Ticket Extra: A tight end known for his excellent speed (4.61 in the 40), Bennett says that the doctors have told him he will be ready for football in plenty of time for the start of two-a-days at Auburn in August. He plans to get an early start on college life by enrolling at AU for the second summer session and work out with his future teammates...Bennett says that he initially lost around 10 pounds after the surgery, but has gained five back to get to 225 pounds. As a junior, Bennett competed on the Dalton High track and field team. He ran sprints as a member of the school's 4x100 relay team and high jumped, with a best effort of six-foot-two. Bennett says he will bypass those sports this spring. "The doctors want me to take it easy and continue to work on getting my knee 100 percent," he says.

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