April 14, 2009
Four-star DL looking for college fit
Bryon Bennett had been to Ole Miss on several occasions prior to attending the Rebels' second spring scrimmage this past Saturday.
The four-star defensive tackle from Madison (Madison Central), Miss., knew about Ole Miss' facilities, had seen the Rebels on game day and had a good feel for what Oxford is like.
What Bennett wanted to know was how he'd fit into the Rebels' program if he signed with Ole Miss.
"It went very well," Bennett said Monday afternoon. "I got to know more of the players and more of the coaches. It was a good day for football."
Bennett spent most of his time Saturday talking to Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt, defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix, running backs coach Derrick Nix (who recruit's the greater Jackson metropolitan area for the Rebels) and defensive line coach Terry Price.
"They were showing me a few of their plays," Bennette said. "They told (Bennett and fellow Madison Central standout/four-star recruit Carlton Martin) us they wanted to build from the inside out. They said could really, really use us. They said they're pushing for a championship and want us to be a big part of it."
Bennett , a 6-foot-2, 250-pounder who recorded 72 tackles as junior, said the trip to Oxford only enhanced Ole Miss' chances of landing his signature in February.
"I fit in great," Bennett said. "I love the colors. I love the coaches. I was very fired up about the way they practiced. When it's time to go to work, there are no friendships. It's fast and crazy. That's how I like to practice.
"I'm looking for a place where I can be happy since I'll be spending the next four years there. I guess with the environment, the people and the staff, I got that feeling at Ole Miss."
Bennett said the Rebels and Southern Mississippi are "tied right now." Both schools have offered, as has Mississippi State. Alabama, which will get a visit from Bennett this weekend, appears close to extending an offer as well, Bennett said. UCLA is also showing major interest.
Bennett said he plans to wait until much closer to signing day in February to make a decision, adding that he wants to see what unfolds in the 2009 college season.
"I want to see how teams use their young guys and how they rotate," Bennett said. "A lot will be on next year."
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