New USC receivers coach Joe Cox is doing good work with WR Malachi Bennett of Fairfield, AL. He has been in daily contact with Bennett selling him on the virtues of the Gamecock program and how he can help him acheive greatness in the SEC, like his uncle Earl Bennett did. Earl finished his career at Vanderbilt in 2007 with 236 catches, which at the time was the SEC record. Malachi has a lot of promise, and right now he can see himself donig for the Gamecocks what his uncle did for the Commodores.
“I’m leaning toward them in my top five,” Bennett said. “It’s a good school and I like them. We’ve got to get down there for a visit and see what it’s like down there.”
Bennett also cited Ole Miss, Georgia, Louisville and UAB as schools high up on the list. He also had Texas, Texas A&M and Kentucky in his top eight.
Bennett said he and Cox have developed a good relationship thru all of their conversations.
“I talk to Coach Cox every day,” Bennett said. “I talk to Coach (Mike) Bobo. We talk about the school, their official visits and when I can come down. He talks to me about my athleticism, how I go up and get the ball, my ball awareness and stuff like that. And I can be a big part of the receiving group.”
Bennett said he has set his official visit with the Gamecocks for October 10th, the weekend of the Tennessee game. That’s the only official visit he has set thus far. He has taken unofficial visits to Tennessee, Alabama, Ole Miss, Florida State and UAB.
Bennett is rated as three-star prospect in the 247Sports Composite. He’s ranked the #60 receiver in the country and the #12 prospect in Alabama.