*PM UPDATE* Michigan Looks at D.C. OT

At the conclusion of the 07 season, Michigan will graduate All-American OT Jake Long, another in the long line of NFL-bound offensive tackles from Michigan. In fact, other services have even dubbed U-M "Offensive tackle U" due to the quantity and the quality of OT's in the NFL that have once called U-M home. "O-tackle U" has expressed their interest in another offensive giant, Jimmy Bennett.

*THURS. AFTERNOON UPDATE*: GoBlueWolverine has confirmed that Michigan did indeed offer Bennett when they visited him at his school this week

Jimmy Bennett from West Potomac High School in Alexandria, Virginia, is a legitimate 6-8, 275 pounds with a very long reach, a large frame with room to fill out, and a sub-5.1 40. Jimmy's father described his son to GoBlueWolverine as a "not very vocal, laid back" kid. However, his Mr. Bennett adds, "but he's a whole other person once he puts on the pads. He's very competitive and loves to win. Let's just put it this way… I would hate to go up against my son on the field. He's an animal!"

Jimmy describes his strengths to GBW as his athletic ability and long reach that enables him to be good at pass protection, while also being able to be a very physical mauler-type of run blocker. During the off-season, he wants to dedicate himself to improving on both his footwork and staying low.

Last season Jimmy was a team captain for West Potomac and was also named all Metro, a distinction that includes parts of Maryland, New Jersey and D.C. Moreover, West Potomac utilizes a balanced rushing and passing attack offensively, allowing Jimmy to practice both his run blocking and his pass protection.

Jimmy spends his off-season on the basketball team, even playing AAU hoops. Playing basketball helps contribute to his good feet and agility.

Jimmy currently holds offers from Virginia, Virginia Tech, PSU, Clemson, UConn, MSU, Kent St., NC State, and Pitt.

Jimmy is no stranger to Michigan football, having watched most of the Wolverines' games last season. Michigan has also been in contact and Jimmy said Coach Eric Campbell would be stopping by his school late this week.

Jimmy spoke about what he likes about Michigan. "They produce a lot of good lineman, they have great academics, and they are always up there in football."

Although Jimmy has yet to narrow his list of schools, he did say that he will be attending one day camps at schools that are interested in him.

One of the most important factors that Jimmy will look at in a school, he told GBW, will be their academics, and more specifically, the academic support provided for the student-athlete.

Jimmy doesn't have a specific timetable for making a decision and that he'll make a decision, "Whenever I get that ‘it feeling' where everything is perfect."

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