March 19, 2012

Local lineman eyeing CSU

Bear Creek offensive lineman Jake Bennett has the tenacity and athleticism that colleges covet along the interior offensive line. Four schools in particular have shown strong interest in the Lakewood, Colorado star.

"As of late it's been CU, CSU, ASU, and Wyoming," Bennett said.

The nearby Rams are expecting a visit from the 6-foot-3, 265 pound Bennett at the end of the week.

"I'm going up to CSU next weekend on the 24th for their junior day."

Bennett said he has ties to a CSU assistant coach.

"My brother plays up at Colorado Mesa University and Mark English's boy plays up there as well, so I've had some contact with Marty English. That's who I've talked to up to this point from CSU, and I've also had a conversation with Coach Mac too."

Bennett is very familiar with the Colorado State campus, as he has visited Fort Collins on his own time on several occasions growing up. He's also attended several Rams home games.

That being said, location will play a factor for the Lakewood lineman.

"As of right now I'm pretty much open to anything, but I'm not looking to go too far away from home. Bordering states of Colorado is pretty much as far away as I'd go."

Bennett's offseason itinerary is already taking shape. Besides visiting Colorado State at the end of this week, he will head to Tempe to take in Arizona State's campus on April 14th, Wyoming on April 21st for their spring game, and finally to Boulder on June 6th for a camp at Colorado.

Bennett is being recruited primarily to play the interior of the offensive line. He said he has several strengths working in his favor.

"I've been pretty blessed to have, I think, one of the best offensive line coaches the last three years. I think he has made me a pretty well-rounded offensive lineman. My best asset is probably my feet. I think I can move pretty well."

Though open is his recruitment up to this point, Bennett said he would like to make a decision before the start of his senior season.

"Maybe at the start of summer or towards the end I might get around to making a verbal to a school -- after I get around to all the schools to see what they're about."

Like every recruit, Bennett is doing his best to get better and prepare for his final season of high school football. But this year will be different than the rest, as Bear Creek will have its first new head coach in twenty years.

"Obviously with the new coach, I don't know if we're going to have to learn a new offense or anything like that. But I just want to be the leader that I'm supposed to be this season and become a more well-rounded football player this next year."

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