January 21, 2010

Bennett planning business trip

Bryon Bennett is looking forward to a fun-filled weekend in Oxford, Miss.

The Ole Miss commitment is excited about seeing where he'll live next semester and meeting his future Rebel teammates. But the 48 hours aren't all about pleasure. No, Bennett is also heading up I-55 for a business trip.

Friday will begin Ole Miss' largest recruiting weekend of the year, and Bennett is ready to help sway those undecided prospects toward the Rebels. Players such as Vincent Sanders, Shon Coleman and Carlos Thompson are scheduled to join Bennett for the visit festivities, and the Madison (Central), Miss., defensive lineman plans to be as persuasive as possible.

"That's part of it because I'll be able to check out the uncommitted players and see what's what," Bennett said. "I've stayed in contact with them, and this will be a chance to show them where they should go."

Bennett spent some time with the Magnolia State's elite during the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Classic in December, and those relationships have continued via phone conversations since then.

When asked about the uncommitted players, Bennett immediately offered up Coleman, a five-star offensive tackle from Olive Branch, as one he plans to work on. Coleman is an Auburn commit but is still visiting other schools.

"I thought he would have been more all about Auburn since he committed there, but he's pretty open, real open," Bennett said of Coleman. "During this weekend, I just may be able to swing him my way, Ole Miss' way.

"I don't have Damien Robinson's number, but I do make some calls to most of them."

As far as Bennett's own recruitment, the Ole Miss coaches visited Madison Central Wednesday and spent time with both Bennett and teammate and fellow UM commit Carlton Martin.

The visit plans were sorted through and the final points for the trip taken care of.

"We were just talked to about grades and made sure we knew what to expect," Bennett said. "I'm familiar with the place, but this will be different. I'm in the family now, so it's exciting to check it out.

"I want to see the dorms, and I'm sure we'll go over some academic stuff which is good. And then just being around all the guys, both current players there and the other high school guys."

Bennett is concentrating on his grades from now until the end of the year. He has a high of 17 on the ACT and will retake the test in February.

"I should be fine, and it's nothing to worry about, but everybody is hoping I can bump that up a little and not have to worry at all. I'm studying hard and doing what I can to get better at it."

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