Texas TE Gets UM Offer

The state of Texas appears to be loaded with big time tight end prospects this year. One of the state's best is Alief (Taylor) standout Martellus Bennett. At 6-foot-7 and 242 pounds, Bennett has all the tools to be an impact player at the next level.

He has the size and speed everyone likes and his ball skills are outstanding. He's a good route runner and has good instincts in the passing game.

Bennett, who carries a 3.4 GPA and took the SAT last weekend, plays for a run-oriented offense.

"Our team doesn't throw the ball a lot," Bennett said. "I had seven catches for 134 yards. That was nice but I wanna get a lot more this year. I make things happen when I catch the ball. You can split me out as a receiver because I can run with those guys. I can run, jump, do all those things out there."

Jumping is something Bennett can definitely do. In fact, his vertical jump is nearing 40 inches.

"I did 37 at Texas Tech last summer," he said. "It's around 39 right now but I'll have it at 40 real soon."

As talented a pass catcher Bennett is, he's just as impressive in the running game.

"I ended last year with 98 pancake blocks," he said. "This year, I want over 100. We're gonna be throwing a lot more and I'll be a main guy so I want about 50 or 60 catches too."

Bennett spends his summers playing AAU basketball and it's given him a chance to meet future Hurricane Kellen Heard.

"I talk to him a lot," he said. "That's my boy. I talked to him last weekend. He's crazy fast for his size. He shattered the glass at a tournament in Georgia. We were in Vegas one time recently and he got a fastbreak and just went up and dunked in some kid's face. It was so tight. He talks about how excited he is about going to Miami."

The talented tight end prospect is obviously a major college prospect. He already has over a dozen Div. 1 scholarship offers, including from his five current favorites.

"The ones I like most right now are Arizona, Miami, A&M, LSU, and UCLA," he said. "Arizona was one of the first to notice me. They know what I'm all about. A&M, I've been there and really liked it. UCLA, well I'm originally from California but that's not a big deal. I kinda like Texas a little too."

Then Bennett began talking about the Hurricanes.

"Miami's just Miami," he said. "As a tight end, what is there not to like about them? I've called Coach Cristobol a few times. He said that if I'm a tight end and I want to become the best, why not pick Miami. He's real cool to talk to, I can't wait to get out there and meet him. One of my homeboys, Vince Oghobaase, likes Miami too."

Bennett, who received an offer from UM last week, said a big reason he's so attracted to Miami is not only because of the success they've had producing quality tight ends in recent years, but the fact that some are from Texas.

"Bubba Franks played out there," he said. "He went to Miami and did his thing. Their starter now is from Port Arthur (Texas)."

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