RECRUITING: 'Cats, Rebs have 'in-state' company

Several weeks ago, Earl Bennett was expected to announce for Kentucky, but as he states in his latest update, the Wildcats and Rebels are tied atop his list with pending official visits scheduled to both.

Bennett had previously scheduled an official visit to the University of Kentucky this past weekend, but a scheduling conflict ruined his plans.

"I was not able to get a chance to go because I had to play in the playoffs," Bennett stated. "I could not go."

"We lost to Statesboro (5A)."

The unexpected loss thus ends a terrific career for the talented athlete from Birmingham (AL).

"I had 30 TD's," said Bennett in regards to his season. "I had over 600 yards receiving, 1,580 rushing yards, and I threw for over 600 yards."

With his season concluded, Bennett's focus now turns to recruiting, where a new surprise has arrived on the scene.

"Ole Miss, Vandy, Kentucky, and Alabama."

Sticking out like a sore thumb - Alabama. Long considered a dangerous darkhorse in the race for the talented athlete, the Crimson Tide officially extended an offer this past week.

"They told me what a fine player I was, and that they hoped that I would come to the Iron Bowl this weekend," Bennett stated. "They came to the school the next day and talked to my coach. My coach told me that they informed him that I had an offer, and they were going to let me know about it the next time they called."

Asked if this changed anything in his recruitment now that the state's university had offered?

"A little bit, but not too much though. I am still leaning towards Ole Miss and Kentucky."

The Cats will have the first opportunity to host the West End High School star when he arrives the first weekend in December.

"I think he said it would be December 3rd."

Ole Miss will then follow.

"(Ole Miss) said it would most likely be January 21st, and that he would get back to me if anything changed."

An excellent student, Earl wants to major in premed and currently carries a 3.8 core GPA and a 17 on the ACT.

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