June 13, 2009
UGA offers in-state wide receiver
Michael Bennett's recruitment has been accelerating at a rapid rate every since the beginning of spring. The Alpharetta, Ga. standout receiver picked up some mid-major offers early in the process followed by some Big Ten and Big East offers of late. There were a couple major offers that he was still hoping for though, and on Saturday Bennett got one of them.
"UGA just offered," Bennett said while traveling home from the Georgia prospect camp.
The offer came following a dominating performance that has become routine for Bennett early in the summer. A conversation with Mark Richt following the camp took the same sort of roller-coaster ride that his recruitment has.
"I just got done talking to Mark Richt," he said. "It was pretty crazy how it went down. He was talking to me and my dad first saying that I was really high on their radar but they weren't ready to pull the trigger right away. He said he had to talk to the wide receiver coach, Coach Ball first. He went to talk to the wide receiver coach and came back 30 seconds later and said they were offering."
The news caught Bennett completely off guard.
"It was the biggest shock of my life," he said.
The performance that Bennett put together in Athens was the normal show of speed, hands, size and physicality that has made him so successful. Though it took some time for him to get on some colleges' radars, Bennett's ability is no longer going unnoticed.
"When I went in to camp they liked me a lot," he said. "Coach Ball was talking before camp. The first session we didn't do a lot of one-on-ones but when we went out for the second session I did really good. No one could cover me. I was going up for the ball, getting it when I wanted and the coaches were telling me good job after almost every rep."
After putting on a performance like that in front of the Georgia coaching staff, the offer was inevitable. Bennett put on a similar performance in front of the Florida coaches at Urban Meyer's camp on Monday and while an offer has yet to come from the Gators, they may be close as well.
"Georgia is real high on my list and I actually just called the Florida coach, Coach Kenny Carter and let him know that I got the offer and he said they were going to meet as a coaching staff tomorrow and I've got a good feeling what they're going to say. I think they may offer."
That possible Florida offer may be the one thing holding the three-star receiver back from committing. If the Gators do offer, he will have a lot to think about. On Saturday, Bennett was not yet ready to pull the trigger for the home-state school.
"You're always going to go home and pray about it and think about it," he said. "I'm going to call the Florida coach tomorrow and see what happens. As far as a commitment, we'll just see about that."
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