Georgia Back Has Offers

Back in January, the University of Kentucky offered Rajaan Bennett and began a trend for the Power Springs (Ga.) McEachern running back. Since then, Bennett has upped his list to twelve schools. We caught up with his coach to get a read on the type of player he is and the schools he is interested in.

McEachern High head coach Kyle Hockman has seen a number of talented players come through his doors the last few seasons. His squad has put several players in the college ranks and is looking to do the same this year.

One of his top prospects is running back Rajaan Bennett, who rushed for 1,001 yards and 12 touchdowns a year ago.

"He's a power back," Hockman explained, "He's 6'0, 205-lbs and runs a high 4.5. He's really strong and runs through a lot of tackles. He's a downhill, power, big back. He broke several long runs but he's more of a power guy."

To this point, a handful of schools have offered Bennett: Wisconsin, Vanderbilt, Minnesota, Louisville, East Carolina, Marshall and Kentucky, who were one of the first schools to offer him back in January.

"I think Joker Phillips does a real good job recruiting him," Hockman said of the Wildcats, "He was in here with [Terrell Mitchell], the tight end that signed with them and offered Rajaan. It was one of his first offers, but that isn't the main thing to him, there is more to it than that. I don't think it's, ‘they offered me first so I'm going there,' it has some bearing but not a ton."

What will be more of a focus is what Bennett sees on his visits.

"He has been to Vandy and East Carolina and he will probably be going to Kentucky and Louisville in the next couple weeks for unofficial visits."

Of course, Hockman and Bennett are both focusing on the fall season too and while Bennett has already seen success come his way, he is continuing to better his game.

"He's working on his top end speed a lot," Hockman explained, "being able to explode from 15 yards to 60-70. He spent the summer working hard on that."

That added speed is a scary thought for opponents, because as Hockman explains, his star back brings a ton to the table already.

"He has great hands and he's a great blocker. He's also a humble kid, a team leader. He has been working hard this summer and helping to get this team as good as it can be."

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