The 6-5, 225, 4.61 tight end from Dalton High School did a lot on his official recruiting visit to Auburn.
"I got in on Friday afternoon and got a chance to meet with the coaches," says Bennett, who publically committed to the Tigers last October.
Before the weekend was finished he was shown around campus and town by a pair of player hosts, offensive lineman Steven Ross and tight end Cooper Wallace. He says that he remembers meeting other players such as tailback Ronnie Brown, defensive back Junior Rosegreen and linebacker Mayo Sowell.
Cole Bennett runs well and has good hands as a receiver. He was a sprinter on the Dalton High track team as a junior.
An honor student, Bennett toured the school of business and met with officials there. He says he likes what he saw. He also listened to a speech from academic Virgil Starks, something that caught Bennett's attention. "They outlined the academic program and what you need to do to be successful," he says. "I was impressed with Auburn's emphasis on academics."
Bennett took a tour of the weight room and other athletic facilities, including Jordan-Hare Stadium where he joined other recruits for dinner on Saturday night. Prior to that, he took in Auburn's basketball victory over Alabama, which is one of the colleges that recruited the tight end before making an early commitment to the Tigers. He also considered Georgia Tech, Georgia, Florida and other colleges.
Another memorable part of the weekend came when team chaplain Chette Williams talked to the recruits. "I enjoyed the weekend," Bennett says. "Overall, it was very impressive."
Tiger Ticket Extra: Bennett says that Coach Tommy Tuberville encouraged him to be diligent on rehabbing a knee injury he suffered in November. Bennett had surgery to repair a torn ACL. The tall tight end is doing very well on the rehab and is running several months ahead of schedule. He should be ready to compete for playing time when practice begins in August.