November 17, 2009
Four-star RB hearing from four schools
Four-star running back Rajaan Bennett out of Powder Springs (Ga.) Mceachern is done with his senior football season but while on the field, he put up the kind of numbers you would expect out of a four-star back. Despite ending his season earlier than he would have liked, Bennett hit nearly all of the personal marks he had set for himself.
"My senior season was very productive," Bennett said. "I met my touchdown goals, I met my region championship goal and I amost met my 2000-yard goal. I think I got about 1,800 yards."
The first round playoff loss to Brookwood now leaves Bennett to focus on the offseason and recruiting. Since the summer, not much has changed for the physical and versatile back on the recruiting front but he has been communicating regularly with four schools.
"I talk to the same colleges and haven't had any new contact with any colleges at all," he said. "I thought that with the playoffs or how the season was going it would make other colleges come but nothing has changed. Vanderbilt, Louisville, Wisconsin and Kentucky, those are the schools I talk to on about a weekly basis."
Though all of the schools remain pretty even among the four showing him the most interest, Bennett has been impressed with the recruitment by Kentucky's Joker Phillips.
"All of them are pretty much in the same bunch. I talk to the Kentucky coach Joker Phillips a lot. I really think that they stick out just a little bit more than the others."
Already Bennett has taken unofficial visits to Vanderbilt, Marshall and Louisville. He is now beginning to think about official visit options and there are two schools he has eyed for a trip.
"I'm not 100 percent sure about Wisconsin but I know I'm going to Kentucky and Vanderbilt for my official visits."
Bennett is a thick, physical back with speed and the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, making him a very complete offensive threat. As talented and productive that he has been, more options could be coming his way as things get closer to signing day and Bennett is hoping for those opportunities.
"I want to take advantage of all of my visits just to see what the schools offer," he said. "I'm still waiting to see if any schools will give me any attention. If nothing changes, I'll still with what I have and pick the best school out of them."
In the offseason, Bennett will be found on the basketball court and the track. As a 21-8 long-jumper, Bennett looking to break 22 feet in 2010, quite a feat for a 215 pound running back.
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