Martellus Bennett Has Two Duke Offers?

Two sport stars able to compete at such a high level don't come around that often, but the class of 2005 has one of the best in Texas athlete Martellus Bennett. Considered one of the top ten players in the class for football as a tight end, Bennett is also a top 60 power forward in hoops so which sport will he play in college? It all depends.

"I'm definitely interested in playing at Duke," said 6-foot-7, 240-pound Martellus Bennett. "I'm trying to set up a visit there, and I could definitely go in and play both sports."

With his long arms, soft hands, and tremendous athleticism, Bennett could be a high major player in either sport at the collegiate level.'s Dave Telep is convinced he could be a top player on the hardwood.

"He's a big-bodied brute on the basketball court, with decent skills and good athleticism," said Telep. "He will probably be a high-major basketball player on the next level, despite being limited by the time he'll put into football."

As good a basketball player as he is, Bennett is also a tremendous tight end prospect, earning numerous honors including first team all-district and second team all-greater Houston as a junior. So what makes him so good?

"I'm a complete player. I do it all. I'm a playmaker and I always get the ball at the highest point. I'm also a great blocker. My only weakness is route running."

It showed in his final prep year as Bennett finished with 46 catches for 489 yards, six touchdowns, and five two point conversions despite Taylor High being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs 14-13.

Originally Bennett committed to Miami for football, but after a strong junior season and AAU basketball performance, he quickly decided to open things back up to see what was available to him.

"I de-committed from Miami because I didn't feel it would be right to look at other schools and still be committed," Bennett said. "I committed too early and didn't get a chance to look at my options."

Still, the Hurricanes are strong with their continued efforts, and are the leader at this point.

"Miami is leading, but Oklahoma and Texas are right there. California also offered and are tied with Duke on the next level. I haven't visited Duke yet, so that needs to happen.."

"I'm definitely going to visit Duke though. They've offered me for basketball and the football team has also offered. I'm also going to visit Miami on December 10th, so I guess it'll be after that. Probably during a game at Cameron. They've said I can come in and play both sports though."

So if he had to choose one sport to concentrate on?

"I don't know, it's pretty even. We just finished football so now I'm focused on basketball. We'll just have to see what's happening."

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