Bennett Stands out at Elite

The crop of New Jersey talent this year is unlike that of years past. The Garden State is loaded at the top, with plenty of star power, and it is filled with plenty of depth as well. As a result of sheer numbers, some prospects may not be getting their due attention. One of these prospects is Ryan Bennett. After an impressive performance at the Elite College Combine on Monday, it's now only a matter of time before Bennett sees that often hardest-to-get first written offer.

Ryan Bennett, by way of Immaculata HS (Somerville, NJ) now stands at 6-foot-5 and 263-pounds. Despite his current size, he may not be done growing yet.

"I went to the doctor," stated Bennett, in a recent interview with, "and they told me that my growth plates are still growing." The growth plate helps regulate and helps determine the length and shape of the mature bone. According to this, Bennett, who already stands at an impressive 6-foot-5 is likely to reach 6-6, or more. Already possessing impressive size, an additional inch, or perhaps two, tacked on to an already solid frame, combined with the young man's agility should have plenty of schools ringing the Bennetts' household.

Bennett was one of many prospects competing at the Elite College Combine Monday evening. With nearly 200 college coaches in attendance, Bennett did not disappoint.

Bennett's ability to decelerate, accelerate, and change body direction rapidly while maintaining body control was put on display with his performance in the Pro-agility drill. Bennett performed well notching a time of 4.80-seconds. After running a 5.2-second in the fourty-yard dash, which was bested only by Keith Newell of Trenton HS, it was time for the one-on-ones.

"I thought I did pretty well in the one-on-ones." Indeed, out of the eight opportunites Bennett had to display his technique, his opposition got inside of him on only one occassion.

Impressive Combine performance behind him, it took little time for colleges to make their move. Michigan State has inquired about Bennett, while North Carolina State, Boston College, and Duke are all set to come to Immaculata HS this week.

Though still early in the recruiting process, and still wide open, Bennett states that he does prefer a pair of eastern schools over the others. We asked the Immaculata lineman to tell us about each of his favorites.

Rutgers: They are the state school, what's not to like about that. They're graduation rate is very high and that is important to me because you can't play football forever.

Boston College: I like the fact that it is a hard school to get into academically.

Additionally, Duke is the school that has been recruiting Bennett the hardest, which puts them near the top as well.

Duke: They're close to being an Ivy League caliber school. They're looking to build a program beyond academics.

Up next for Bennett is the summer college tour, which will see him make a stop at Rutgers, for the Scarlet Knights camp, and to Boston College for their camp.

"I'll probably also do a series of one-day camps at Duke, Maryland, North Carolina and Temple," stated Bennett, who is also receiving strong interest from the previously mentioned schools.

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