Bennett Reaches a Decision

Mira Costa (CA) kicker Billy Bennett has reached a decision. After playing two seasons at Boston College, Bennett will complete his college career in the ACC.

Mira Costa (CA) kicker Billy Bennett has reached a decision. After playing two seasons at Boston College, Bennett will complete his college career in the ACC.

"I actually just committed to NC State," said Bennett. "I have a great relationship with coach O'Brien and his staff... I established that relationship with them all the way back in high school when I originally committed to them in March of my junior year.

"I love everything about their program and the way that they do things. I just feel really comfortable at NC State with coach O'Brien and the coaching staff."

Bennett was in Raleigh this weekend for an official visit and his host was longsnapper Corey Tedder.

"He did a great job," Bennett said of Tedder. "We hung out and I was able to get a good feel of the school. I loved it. It's definitely a little different than Boston and San Diego, but they have what I'm looking for academically and have outstanding facilities."

Originally a member of the 2007 class, Bennett was generally regarded as the top kicker in the country when he signed with Boston College. He spent two years at the school but was suspended for a violation of team rules during his sophomore year. He mostly handled kickoffs during his time at BC and never attempted a field goal.

He spent the 2009 season at Mira Costa College, a community college just minutes from his home, so he could transfer back to a Division I school. Because he did not play in 2009, he will have two years left to play two seasons at NC State after accepting the offer from the Wolfpack.

"I think that's what set me back some recruiting-wise this time around," said Bennett. "I wasn't able to play this year to really show what I could do as a kicker because I didn't want to burn another year.

"I was hearing from Kansas State, I took an official visit there, Utah, Idaho State and some other schools, but was really interested in NC State from the time that they started recruiting me."

Before leaving Raleigh Bennett had a chance to talk with special teams coach Jerry Petercuskie about how they play to use him in 2010.

"From what I can tell, I'll mostly be doing the kickoffs," said Bennett. "Josh had an incredible season and is very accurate as a field goal kicker. I'm going to come in and compete for kickoffs and field goals, but I think the main idea is for me to handle kickoffs this year and then when Josh graduates I can probably handle all the duties or at least compete again for them all."

Bennett admits that although he believes he is a very good field goal kicker, kicking off is considered to be his biggest strength.

"I think I do that very well," he said. "Last summer I went to Chris Sailer's kicking camp and I won the kickoff competition for JCs going away. I think I averaged 74 or 75 yards a kick with a 4.3 hangtime, and that's what colleges are looking for in a kicker."

Pack Pride will have more from Bennett on his commitment in the near future so stay tuned!


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