Bennett on SMU: "It's a school to look at"

Manvel wide receiver/defensive back Austin Bennett received an offer from SMU back in December and plans to give the Mustangs a serious look. He's heard "great things" about the school from teammates that have been on campus and says he'd like to visit, too.

Now that the 2012 recruiting class is in the books (well, unless of course June Jones decides to sign one or two more players as advertised during his National Signing Day press conference last week), it's time to turn our attention to 2013.

SMU has extended a few junior offers, one to Manvel wide receiver/defensive back Austin Bennett, who said he was offered back at the beginning of December.

"SMU hasn't talked to me directly, they went through my dad," said Bennett, whose father Gregory is an assistant coach and wide receivers coach at Manvel. "I knew I had an offer from them because a coach came to my school and met with my dad. Then my dad ended up getting me out of class and telling me about it, but other than that, I haven't really talked to [SMU]."

Right now, SMU is the only school that's offered Bennett, but he expects that to change after he takes in Junior Day at Arkansas this weekend.

"They said they're most likely going to offer me," Bennett said of the Razorbacks, who currently sit at the top of his list.

Ever since receiving his first offer, Bennett has gotten a lot of interest from schools, including Texas Tech, Alabama, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Texas A&M and Baylor. He plans on taking Junior Day visits to Arkansas, K-State, Texas Tech and A&M.

Bennett says his best quality is that he can play almost any position on the field. He's mainly being recruited as a wide receiver, but said Texas Tech and Alabama have talked to him about some work in the secondary.

"I'm very, very useful," he said.

As far as which position he likes better? Bennett couldn't tell you. He's passionate about both.

"I like playing the whole game," he said. "I've played both sides all my life. I can't just choose offense or defense. I love playing both."

Bennett, who stands at 6-feet, 170 lbs., says he'd like to weigh about 185-190 before heading to college.

With it being so early in the recruiting process, Bennett doesn't see himself committing to a school until closer to the 2013 signing date.

"I think I'd have to wait because anything could happen in the world of recruiting," he said. "I want to see all my options and evaluate everything."

Bennett has a checklist of things to consider when choosing a school:

"First of all, if I could play right away, who's leaving, who's coming in, what type of offense they run, if they spread the ball out a lot, if they're family-oriented and just their academy, like the kind of courses they offer," he said.

Bennett is a fan of SMU's offense and thinks that it could be a "great fit" for him.

As far as where the Mustangs stand right now, Bennett is interested. He said he's heard a lot of great things from his Manvel teammates who have visited, like 2012 offensive line commit Christian Chamagua and defensive ends Glynn Cheeks and Taiwan Johnson.

"They're a school to look at," Bennett said.


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