Texas A&M has slight edge for 2-sport star

Martellus Bennett has 11 scholarship offers

Martellus Bennett (6-foot-7, 242 pounds, 5.0-second 40-yard dash) of Houston Taylor has established himself as one of the elite tight end recruits nationwide.

Although he insists he is very open-minded, Martellus admits to favoring Texas A&M slightly over Arizona, Miami, UCLA, LSU and Oklahoma. All have offered him a scholarship, as well as Wisconsin, Texas, Oklahoma State, Missouri and Duke.

The Aggies were the first school to offer him, in February, and he has already attended their junior day. A&M, only two hours away, is the only school that Martellus has visited.

"I've been there a lot," he said. "It's a great environment and I feel at home there. It's great because they all know me and I just feel I belong. The coaches are all down to earth and they really want to make A&M the place to be.

"But I grew up liking Miami. I like how they get the ball to the tight end. They always have great tight ends. I liked Bubba Franks a lot."

Martellus was born in San Diego but has never been on the UCLA campus. "I like that UCLA allows their players to play both football and basketball and I'm from California," he said. "I was born in San Diego and lived there for about nine years. I plan to visit them officially in September."

Besides being a top football recruit, Martellus is also being recruited for basketball. A forward at Taylor, Bennett averaged 16 points and eight rebounds per game. "I'm going to do both," he said. "I'd really like to. Most of them are recruiting me for both."

In fact, Martellus' best friend (Sendi Onobun) just committed to Arizona for basketball. "We've talked about going to the same school," Bennett said. "It would be cool. It will definitely make an impact on my decision."

Martellus finished his junior season with 134 yards receiving and two touchdowns. He benches 320 pounds, squats 515 and has a vertical jump of 39 inches. "I'm a complete player," he said. "I do it all. I'm a playmaker and I always get the ball at the highest point. I'm also a great blocker. My only weakness is route running."

Bennett carries a 3.4 grade-point average and is awaiting March 27 SAT results.

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