Bennett opens up recruiting, plans to visit NU

This may be the year of the tight end in the state of Texas. It's not uncommon to have multiple, highly rated players at a position in the state of Texas. Sheer numbers makes that possible. But, for there to be three in the top 25 makes it a special year. Not to mention 6 total in the top 100.

Since his junior year he was a Hurricane commit, but since September Martellus Bennett has opened up his recruiting somewhat and still considers himself a soft commit to Miami. The 6-foot-7 and 240 pound Bennett is now one of the hottest recruiting commodities in the nation.

The season has started out solidly for the Houston (Texas) Taylor high school standout. Although there is a loss in the books for conference play he remains confident that they will go to the playoffs and looks forward to a showdown tonight.

"Pretty good, we're 4-2. We lost to Westfield and Katy Taylor," Bennett said. "We're 2-1 in conference play. We've got Hastings on Friday, that's with Vince. We play Vincent Oghobaase on Friday."

"I've got 30 receptions, three touchdowns, five two-point conversions and 40+ pancakes."

Bennett is undoubtedly one of the top players in the state and in the nation this year. Having him decide to back off his commitment that he made very early in the process and opening it up has been big news in the recruiting world.

"I originally committed to Miami in my junior year. I thought that I maybe committed too early and I didn't get to see what the other schools had to offer. I went there on an unofficial last summer. They offered me before that unofficial."

So, with officials to take who are the lucky schools that will receive those official visits? "Still Miami, already visited Texas and Oklahoma, supposed to go up to Nebraska and Arizona, but I am not sure if I am going to go out there yet. If we play Friday the 29th (October) then I will be up there (Nebraska). I never look at my schedule."

Another reason that the weekend of 10/30 works for Bennett is that he will have some familiar company with him on the trip. "Plus Jo-Jo is going up there, Brandon LaFell. He's my boy. He likes Nebraska. We thought of going to the same school as a possibility. Coach Blake is recruiting both of us. He's cool. I called Jo-Jo on three-way when I was talking to Coach Blake. We're both going to visit Nebraska that weekend."

With two officials under his belt how did the two compare? "I went to the Oregon game for the Oklahoma visit. I went to Texas two weeks ago. They are the same, but Norman is kind of boring. Austin had more going on. The fans were about the same, but Oklahoma had the best fans. They're some of the best of fans in college football."

There are some obvious things that Bennett is looking at when it comes to picking the school to go to for the next four to five years. "I'm looking at my ability to play both sports and play early. I like schools like Oklahoma, Texas and Miami because they are a family environment. At Texas the coaches' wives are involved with the program, like it's a big family. A school that is capable of competing for a national championship every year."

Yes, Bennett is a standout on the gridiron and the hardcourt and wants to play both at the next level. "Yeah, I want to play basketball and football. I'll play shooting guard and small forward. I'm a shooter. I've been working on my shot. I'm not a power forward anymore."

Shockingly, the football team from Nebraska was the second team in Lincoln to recruit Bennett. "At first Nebraska was just recruiting me for basketball. But, after I committed they stopped recruiting. Basketball is different if you commit somewhere they leave you alone. But in football they just keep recruiting you. The Nebraska coaches for basketball have come back into it again too."

Besides an obvious friendship with LaFell that may get some consideration about where he chooses to go to school there is another player that he will be following where he goes to school. His brother, Michael Bennett, is looking for a place to go too.

"He graduated last year. He went to Louisiana Tech, but he got his release. He's like one of the hottest things on the market right now. He's looking at Kansas State, Kansas, Texas A&M, Arizona and Cal. He's a defensive end."

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