#STRecruiting: #Gamecocks benefit from Bennett’s audible

Malachi Bennett

WR Malachi Bennett was set to announce his college decision last Friday. He had named a final five of USC, Ole Miss, Georgia, Louisville and UAB, but actually his decision was down to the Gamecocks and Rebels. But early last week Bennett announced a change in plans. He decided not to announce on Friday and to carry on the process a little longer. The question is, had he gone thru with it Friday, which school would he have committed to?

“It would have been Ole Miss,” Bennett said.  “I just sat down and talked with my parents.  They told me just to get to all the schools before I make the decision.”

So, that decision by Bennett not to make a final decision keeps the Gamecocks in the game. And receivers coach and lead recruiter Joe Cox has not relented in his pursuit of Bennett.

“Me and Coach Cox, we talk every day,” Bennett said.  “We’ve built a good relationship and he’s just trying to get me down. I’m trying to get down to all the schools. South Carolina, Ole Miss again and probably Georgia, but Georgia hasn’t been showing that much interest.  I can get to UAB anytime.  Louisville, I haven’t been talking to their coaches this month any more.”

Bennett said the decision remains between the Gamecocks and Ole Miss, and it’s even between the two.

“They’re the same,” Bennett said.  “Coaching staffs, both hit me up once every day.”

Bennett has set an official visit with the Gamecocks for October 10th, though he’d like to make it sooner if he can once visits are allowed. He has not yet set an official visit with Ole Miss.

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