If Kirby Bennett sticks to his current plan, he will not be announcing his college decision until December. But this weekend, the blue-chip running back prospect wanted to declare his top seven suitors: Florida State, Cal, Oregon, Nebraska, Tennessee, Auburn and Colorado.
The Buffaloes were the first to offer Bennett, and he has publicly praised co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach Darrin Chiaverini for believing in him first.
A transfer from one powerhouse in Allen (Texas) High to another in Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman this winter, Bennett has been described as a “quality all-around running back prospect.” He is currently ranked as the No. 1 running back in the West Region.
“Natural, instinctive runner who shows patience to allow his blocks to set up,” Scout.com recruiting analyst Gabe Brooks previously wrote of Bennett. “Can improve top-end speed as he's occasionally tracked down over longer runs. But definitely a bona fide three-down back.”
At the Under Armour All-American regional event in Los Angeles in February, Bennett told Scout.com he does not have a clear cut criteria for picking a college and is simply looking for “the right fit.”