Bennett de-commits from UK, has new leader

After taking an official visit to Vanderbilt over the weekend, wide receiver Earl Bennett (6-1, 200, 4.41, Birmingham-West End) says he is no longer committed to the University of Kentucky. And he has a new leader for his services.

After taking an official visit to Vanderbilt over the weekend, wide receiver Earl Bennett (6-1, 200, 4.41, Birmingham-West End) says he is no longer committed to the University of Kentucky. And he has a new leader for his services.

"I would give Vanderbilt a slight edge," said Bennett, who has also visited Southern Miss and Kentucky. "What really impressed me was the coaches. They said that I have a chance to play on both sides of the ball. And they have really good academic support, and I liked that a lot too. I want to major in Sports Medicine.

"I'd say it was probably the best visit I've been on."

Bennett's visit concluded with a face-to-face meeting with head coach Bobby Johnson.

"He said a lot of things about academics in addition to sports, and that really impressed me," Bennett added.

Bennett has one more visit left, Jan. 28 to Notre Dame. The Irish haven't offered, as the other schools have done. But new defensive coordinator David Cutcliffe has maintained contact with Bennett since moving from Ole Miss, and the Irish might still be the team to beat if they extend an offer.

"Notre Dame has that great tradition, and they also have great academic programs," Bennett said. "So I'm going to go check it out for myself." His final decision should come shortly afterward.

Just for clarification, we asked, is Bennett still committed to Kentucky?

"No, sir."

You're now saying you're not committed to Kentucky at all?

"Yes, sir."


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