2005 Profile: TE Martellus Bennett

Houston product is a force on the football field but he is also getting serious attention for his basketball prowess and is receiving scholarship offers for each sport.


Martellus Bennett, a 6-foot-7, 237-pound athlete from Houston (Tex.) Taylor, is proving himself to be one of the most heavily recruited dual-sport players in the nation.

In Basketball he said he currently has offers from Rice.

He also has an offer from A&M in football along with Wisconsin. Martellus is not quite sure which sport he will play at the highest level, but knows he would like to play both in college, at least to start.

"I think after I played my freshman, and maybe my sophomore years, I would be able to know which one I should keep playing and which one I should give up," Bennett said. "But I do hope to play both to start out."

Bennett received an offer from Arizona Saturday for the hardwood. "Coach Josh (Pastner) told me he would also speak with the football coaches to see if they would offer me there because they do have players that play both sports," Bennett said. "I like Arizona's style of play. They have a fast-paced offense and it sounds like I might be able to play football and basketball there."

On the football field, Martellus was named first-team all-district and second-team all-Greater Houston after a junior season which saw him catch the ball seven times for 134 yards and two touchdowns. Where he really made a name for himself was in the pancake block department. He had 98 of those on the season. He possesses freakish abilities: a 39-inch vertical jump, a 4.77-second 40-yard dash time, 300-pound bench press and 500-pound squat.

For Bennett, five schools stand out for football right now.

"I like LSU, UCLA, A&M, Oklahoma the most for football," he said. "I have not heard from Florida State yet, but I would like to."

Of UCLA Bennett said, "I am from California originally, since I grew up in San Diego. I moved to Texas when I was 11 or 12. I have spoken with (UCLA) Coach (Eric) Bieniemy a couple of times and he is real cool. I like the program they have up there."

Martellus feels his main advantage at the tight end spot is that his brother, Michael Bennett, was a defensive end so he always grew up playing against him. Michael signed with Louisiana Tech last year. "Since my brother was a defensive end I feel I know all of the little tricks that they like to pull," he said. "Having him at the spot was definitely an advantage for me."

He is not sure if he will make it to any team summer camps but believes he will be in attendance at the Texas A&M Nike Camp. Bennett is limited in his summer plans because he plays on the Houston Hoops AAU team. Martellus averages 15.7 points a game at his small and power forward spots.

He carries a 3.2 core GPA and will take his SAT March 27. Bennett is thinking of majoring in Computer Science or Law.

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