Recruiting: Bennett To Attend Junior Day

Multi-talented Eric Bennett of Tulsa (Washington), Okla., is set to check out Oklahoma State this coming Saturday for Junior Day. Bennett is supposed to be there with his father. Bennett is projected as a cornerback at the college level.

Last season for the Class 5A state champion Booker T. Washington Hornets, Bennett had an interception and 11 tackles on defense and was named second team All-Metro defensive back by The Tulsa World.

But playing quarterback, the 5-11, 180-pound Bennett was a catalyst for the Hornets. He carried the ball 160 times for 1,068 yards and 18 touchdowns. He completed 66-of-126 passes for 1,004 yards and 11 touchdowns with five interceptions.

That's pretty heady stuff and is making for a nice line of schools interested in making Bennett a part of their program.

"Recruiting is going pretty good," started Bennett. "Miami, Florida and Alabama are two schools that have contacted me that really impress me. Arkansas, Oklahoma State and Tennessee have offered me. Tennessee just told me they offered me. I still haven't received the paper work from Tennessee like the others.

"I've been to two junior days at Oklahoma and Arkansas. Arkansas I really liked it. It was just a cool place and the coaches were really great. I'm going up to OSU this weekend. I just want to go up there and connect with the coaches."

Bennett, as you can imagine, is fast with a 4.45 clocking in the forty. He runs track and is already practicing as he is scheduled to compete in the 100 meters and the 4X100 meter relay. He has a max of 246 pounds in the bench press and said he estimates his squat max at 400 pounds.

Asked what is important as he continues looking at schools, he made it very simple.

"It's academics and the coaching staff," said Bennett, who is undecided on what he wants to major in. "I just know that the academics need to be good and support me. The coaching staff needs to be cool and I want to be close with those guys."

Bennett will find out a lot this weekend as Junior Day is expected to go all day with the basketball game between OSU and Texas not scheduled to tip off until 5 p.m. That will give Bennett plenty of time to see if he jells with the Cowboy coaches.

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