"It was Bubba Franks," Bennett said. "He was unstoppable in college. I was still young back then but I thought about how that could be me someday. I knew the only thing that could stop me was me and I ain't stopped myself yet. Nobody else has either."
Bennett, a full academic qualifier, is now a rising senior and widely considered one of the nation's best tight end prospects.
"After Bubba Franks, Miami had Jeremy Shockey and then Kellen Winslow," he said. "It was like a tight ends factory there."
After getting swamped with phone calls from college coaches during the first part of May, Bennett knew he wanted to make an early commitment.
"I told Coach Cristobal that I wanted to be a Hurricane," he said. "I want to play in the NFL. I know that nobody comes even close to putting tight ends out like Miami."
Just prior to his decision to commit to Miami, Bennett realized that he didn't know a whole lot about the school and the area. So he checked with a close friend of his who would be able to help.
"I was talking to Kellen Heard," he said. "He told me that everything's straight with Miami. Whenever I take my official visit there, he can be my host or whatever."
Bennett said he's excited about competing with the players currently on UM's roster.
"They have some guys that wanna be the next great one," he said. "They better hurry up and do their thing because I'm gonna start when I get there. I think I can play a lot my first year and then start. I'll be ready. I'll be about 255 by then."
Now at 6-foot-7 and 242 pounds with a 39-inch vertical jump (37 at Texas Tech's camp last summer), Bennett is playing lots of basketball.
"I'm going to A&M this weekend for a tournament then Chicago next weekend," he said. "I'll be in Florida later this summer for a tournament at Disney. I'm gonna do both sports at Miami."
Bennett said he talks to Coach Cristobal on a regular basis.
"I talk to him just about every day," he said. "He was only to call me once in May and so he called yesterday, the last day they could call for the spring. Florida State called, a bunch of coaches have called."
While he remains a strong commitment to UM, Bennett plans on taking some official visits during the season.
"I'm gonna take my visits," he said. "But Miami's where I wanna go. I wanna add my name to that list. People will be talking about Bubba Franks, Kellen Winslow, and Martellus Bennett."
The talented tight end said the UM coaches are trying to land another tight end prospect from the state of Texas.
"They wanna get Dajleon Farr too," he said. "That would be tight if we both go together. They're also recruiting me boy Vince (Oghobaase) who stays three doors down from me. He likes Miami too but he aint committed or anything like that yet. He's gonna take his visits too."
Bennett Has Lots of Confidence
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