WR Malachi Bennett (6-2 180) of Fairfield, AL has named his top five of USC, Ole Miss, Georgia, Louisville and UAB. Of those five, Bennett said USC and Ole Miss are the two making the strongest effort to land his commitment which he plans to announce August 28th, the scheduled day of his team’s opening game.
“Maybe that morning I’ll post a video, or during the game, when I score I’ll have the gloves on,” Bennett said.
USC receivers coach Joe Cox has come on and built a tight relationship with Bennett. The two talked Monday.
“We were just talking about how my day was, about my workouts. Just a normal conversation,” Bennett said. “He talked about how it went in the office, how their first day back was. I feel (the relationship) is great. At first, we really didn’t have a relationship for real, and we started talking more and more, and it kind of built.”
Bennett is the nephew of one of the SEC’s all-time great receivers Earl Bennett. He displays some of the same on field traits as his uncle, and the Gamecocks would like to use him in a way Vanderbilt deployed the man who eventually became the SEC’s all-time leading receiver by the end of his career. He’s talked a lot with Cox and other coaches about how he would be used.
“Getting to know the coaches, talking about football, and where I would be if I go there, how I would fit in with the offense and stuff,” Bennett said. “I can play slot, outside. They said they can move me around and have me out there to make plays.”
Last season Bennett had 45 catches for 821 yards and 9 touchdowns.
Bennett has an official visit set with USC for October 10th and that’s the only official visit he has set at this point.