Bennett Planning Penn State Visit

Maryland running back Auctavius Bennett is looking forward to making a trip to Happy Valley soon, and also a busy winter and spring of more visits and combines and camps. He is coming off an injury.

Despite a hip injury that ruined his junior year before it even started, Clarksville, Md., running back Auctavius Bennett has been making the most of his "time off."

While Bennett has been doing anything but just lounging around – he has been rehabbing his hip, which he injured while running sprints in the summer – the athlete has been visiting college programs during the fall with his open weekends. The River Hill High star went to Rutgers in late September.

Several weeks ago, the speedy running back also paid a visit to Auburn for a trip that he said he really enjoyed. And while he made the trip to visit Rutgers a little over a month ago, he hopes to make another trek north in the not too distant future.

"I've been keeping close tabs on Penn State this year and they have been playing impressive football," Bennett told "I plan on taking a visit up there and checking out the campus and facilities soon. I love their tradition and their offense."

Penn State is one of a number of programs that Bennett will take a trip to over the next few months as the junior running back also plans on using the off-season and the down time to make a 10-school swing through a number of programs in the southeast. Then in the spring, the camp and combine circuit for Bennett will be extremely important as impressive showings will help show that he is in fact fully recovered from the injury.

The 5-foot-6, 165-pound running back is hoping to attend Football University camp this spring and then be selected for their elite Top Gun camp in the summer.

Bennett, while receiving steady interest from Arizona, Texas, Tulsa and UCLA, still hasn't received his first offer but hopes to impress coaches and pundits this spring. While the offer isn't there, he feels like he knows what he wants in a program.

"Pretty much the schools just want me to get healthy and take care of my body so that next year I will be able to perform at my best," Bennett said. "They also want me to come out to the camp so they can see me in action because they have no film from this year due to my injury."

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