RECRUITING: Houston TE has all the tools

Houston, Texas tight end Martellus Bennett talks about his game and interest in the Sooners.


Talk about a tremendous target. Martellus Bennett has the height, size and speed that all college coaches are looking for in their tight ends. A three-year starter at Taylor High, Bennett has been a fixture at tight end, and this year he hopes play some defensive end and free safety on defense.

"I really love playing tight end, because I love knocking people over on the edge and getting the running back going outside," said Bennett. "I think tight end is one of the hardest positions to play. Not only do you have to be a very good blocker, but you have to catch the ball like a wide receiver as well. It is one of the most popular positions right now."

Bennett caught seven passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns along with one two-point conversion as a junior.

"I didn't get the ball thrown to me much, but I had 98 pancake blocks," said Bennett. "I am really proud of what I can accomplish as a blocker and I think that is my best asset right now."

Bennett can bench 320 pounds, squats 505 and he has a 39-inch vertical jump.

"With my height and my vertical I am pretty tough to stop over the middle," said Bennett. "My pass receiving stats were down last year, because teams picked up a lot of penalties with holding and pass interference. I think I am going to catch a lot more passes this year."

Bennett hasn't been to any summer camps thus far, because he has always played AAU basketball. However, this year Bennett plans to attend the Nike Camp in College Station. Bennett averages 16 points and eight rebounds per game and he has been offered by Arizona, Texas A&M, Wichita State, Stanford and UCLA.

"I am going to play both sports in college," said Bennett. "I really don't like one sport or the other right now, and I want to go to a school where I can play both."

In football, Bennett likes Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Missouri, Duke, Miami, Texas, Texas A&M, Arizona, UCLA, Wisconsin and LSU.

"I am trying to narrow my choices down some, but that is real hard, because they are all real good schools," said Bennett. "I want to go to a school that is going to ulitize the tight end. I like OU and I hope to talk to them tomorrow (Friday) morning. I can't make it to their spring game or to any of their practices because of my AAU basketball. I haven't talked to any coaches in either football or basketball yet, so I don't know what they think about me playing both sports."

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