Alonso quarterback C.J. Bennett was the Tampa Bay area's second-leading passer with 2,587 yards and 29 touchdowns this past season, and after playing in the shadows of the USF campus and Raymond James his affinity for the Bulls was no secret. This weekend C.J. took an official visit to Tampa, and hoped it would lead to a scholarship offer.
"The visit went good, I like it a lot," said Bennett. "I got to visit the stadium, see the facilities, go out to eat, and hang with the players. It was a real good time."
C.J. was hosted by Bulls back-up QB and wide receiver Evan Landi and got to hangout with players he's seen a lot of during practice and in games.
"I never met him before he was a real nice kid to hang out with," said C.J. "All the guys were real cool and fun to be with."
Bennett has been to USF many times, he participated in camps, been to many practices and almost every home game at Raymond James, so he knew almost everything about USF before the visit.
"Since I knew so much already, it was really a good chance to meet the new coaches," said Bennett. "I got to talk to Coach Vaas the new quarterback coach. It was a good opportunity to spend time with them and get to know them better and get a feel for everything. Meeting the new staff was probably the best part of the whole weekend."
What did the Alonso standout QB think of the Bulls new head coach Skip Holtz?
"I think Coach Holtz has a lot of history in the league and has won before and will do well here. He has big shoes to follow because Coach Leavitt did do a good job, but I think Coach Holtz is going to take it to the next Level."
C.J. took an official visit to Tampa, and hoped it would lead to a scholarship offer, but left the weekend without one.
"He told me that they're not going to offer me, but I still have a shot. They have two offers out now, and Brion (Carnes) is a bit up in the air with him opening up his recruiting a little bit and how that works out. They also have another QB coming in on a visit. So they're not going to offer me now, but there's still a chance it might happen."
Bennett also visited Wyoming where he committed to then back out of his commitment, and will make an official visit to Murray State on a midweek visit and then finish up at South Alabama.
"This was my second official visit, and compared to Wyoming, USF has much nicer facilities, and of course the weather. I committed to them but it wasn't really in my heart."
After leaving without receiving an offer how does that leave things with Bennett?
"Right now its South Alabama, and USF, if they offer, then they would jump up."
"With USF I been around campus forever, and have always had a feel for them for a number of reasons, and it's a real nice place. I wouldn't mind going there at all."
Stay tuned with USFNation.com, your best source for inside USF recruiting information as we follow C.J.'s recruitment and the reat of the 2010 class.
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