"That Call Made My Day"

At Sooners Illustrated, we look to bring you the most up-to-date information on Sooner prospects and commits. Today, we got the chance to talk with one of Mississippi finest, defensive tackle Bryon Bennett from Madison Central. Check it out.

It matters not that he has double-digit offers. And, in reality, he is really in no mad rush to make a decision on a college anyways. But when Madison Central (MS) defensive tackle Bryon Bennett got a call last Thursday after finishing up practice, it was a moment all in itself.

"I was coming out of practice and (Oklahoma assistant) coach (Jackie) Shipp called me. He said that he got my transcript and my video and that they wanted to offer me," Bennett said. "I was excited and surprised at the same time. That call made my day. That night me and my girl went out to celebrate."

While the 6-foot-2.5, 260-pound Bennett was caught somewhat off guard, he did have previous communications with the Oklahoma staff. 

"Lately when he and I (Shipp) talk, we talk about football and grades," Bennett said. "I am really focused on my grades. I am doing well and I want to make sure it stays that way. On the football side, he talks about how the they might use me."

Bennett said that Shipp talks with him about the possibility of either defensive tackle or even defensive end. On his team at Madison Central, which is 9-0, Bennett plays the end position and has racked up 42 tackles and 10.5 sacks for the No. 1 ranked team in the state of Mississippi.

But as far as the position on the next level, Bennett had a simple answer for that.

"I'll play whatever gets me on the field the fastest. If I had a choice, I would choose defensive end," Bennett said. "But we'll see. I'll gladly play tackle as well."

For Oklahoma, Bennett was quick to say how successful the program has been for many years and the ability to get players the next level of competition. 

But while the Sooner offer definitely got him to a level of excitement, there are no leaders for the four-star defender. So schools like Southern Miss, Texas Tech, Wisconsin, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Alabama, Kentucky and Syracuse all have a fair shot at landing Bennett, as he said.

"I want to be able to give every school a fair shot in recruiting me. At the end of my season, I'll sit down and try to rank the teams," Bennett said. "I just have not had time to think about it. Lately it's been (high school) football, grades and trying to help the team get to a championship."


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