"I like SMU a lot. I mean a lot. I have been following June Jones since he was Hawaii. I love the offense he runs. It is really similar to ours. I'm excited to see how they run practice compared to us and talk to the coaches."
Bennett will be making the trip to the Hilltop from Florida on Saturday, April 4th to check out a spring practice. He has already attended junior days at Florida State and UCF, and is also receiving interest from Kansas, Tulsa, and Towson. While he does not have an offer from the Mustangs at this point, he does have them in his top three schools at the moment.
"If I had to pick my top three favorites at this point with no offers, I would say right now it's SMU, Kansas, and Tulsa," said Bennett.
So how much interest is June Jones and crew showing?
"I know they have called me a school a couple times and have talked to my coach. I don't know how much interest is there, but I guess they like me a little bit," stated Bennett to PonyStampede.com on Tuesday night. "If SMU was to offer me, I think it would be a pretty easy decision, but you never know what will happen."
Bennett led Alonso to a 7-4 record last season in his first year as the primary starting quarterback. He threw for over 3,000 yards with 29 touchdowns. In an earlier Scout.com article, evaluators were quick to notice that his arm strength and accuracy were that of a Division I quarterback…
"On a perfect day in Southwest Florida some upper tier athletes got together for a little football and there were some jaw dropping moments. A look at some of the prospects who impressed. Quarterback C.J. Bennett made the drive down from Tampa to supply an arm...and supply an arm he did. The rising junior was dropping balls in all over the field. Hard throws, touch throws, down the sideline, over the middle of the field, it did not matter, Bennett was 'on' all day. It was easy to see how he threw for over 3,000 yards as a junior. "
Bennett is now 6'0 and 194 pounds. He is currently benching 245 and squatting 405. In an unnamed combine, the junior ran a 4.8 forty.
"A lot of guys get to their senior year and think they are have already worked hard enough. Their work ethic has dropped off," said Bennett. "I know that I'm playing from behind right now because of my size disadvantage, so I'm just going to keep working hard and hopefully things happen for me."
So when the offers do start coming in, what will be Bennett's main priorities?
"A lot of my decision will be based on the offense they run. Anyone that runs the spread would be good with me since that is the offense we run in high school."
PonyStampede.com will have more with C.J. Bennett as it becomes available.