Initial In-State Offer Comes from USF

Terry Bennett, a powerful running back out of Jacksonville (Fla.) Atlantic Coast High School, had a productive spring and schools have took notice, including the University of South Florida, who issued the running back his initial in-state offer.

Jacksonville (Fla.) Atlantic Coast running back, Terry Bennett, has garnered a number of scholarship offers during the spring evaluation period, but there's been limited interest from a number of the in-state programs.

"Everything has been going good," Bennett said. "A lot of schools are coming out now, talking to me, and starting to offer. Everything has been going good.

"Georgia State, Idaho, Western Kentucky, Tennessee Martin, Charleston Southern, North Carolina Central, and USF (have offered me)."

Bennett, 6-foot-0, 200-pounds, was caught off-guard by his initial in-state offer last week from the University of South Florida.

"I know (USF) always has a good program," Bennett said. "They're very good academically and athletically. They always have a lot of good players. That offer came out of the blue. I haven't talked to anyone from USF and I was very surprised when I got it."

Due to injury, the rising senior only played a portion of his junior season, but still managed to rush for 639 yards on 125 carries with six touchdowns. Going forward, Bennett hopes to double his rushing yards from a year ago and is healthier than ever.

"I'm expecting a lot of big things from myself and my team," Bennett said. "I'm trying to get around 1,500 yards rushing and around 100 tackles. I hope we go undefeated and make it all the way to the state championship game. Last year, we were 6-4."

Bennett also stars in another sport during the offseason, making it difficult at times to visit his college suitors.

"I play baseball too, so when I'm not busy with baseball, I'm going to try and check out USF, Western Kentucky and a few other schools."

The team's depth chart at running back will play a major role in the decision-making process for Bennett.

"The main thing is playing time," Bennett said. "I'm not going to go to a school if I'm not going to get playing time. Academics is a big part too. Everyone is not going to make it to the NFL."

Bennett has no leaders in his recruitment and plans on taking his time to find his future school.

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