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2-star to play 2 sports at FIU

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Though he wasn't around when Bo Jackson played, Terry Bennett has seen the highlights of him playing both baseball and football. Soon Bennett, a two-star running back from Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast, will get the opportunity to - like Jackson did - play both baseball and football in college.
Bennett will play both sports for the Florida International Panthers, where he committed in mid-July.
"They said I can play baseball too so that was a big selling point," said the 6-foot, 205-pound Bennett, who will double as an outfielder for the Panthers' baseball team. "I like the atmosphere there. The coaches and everyone there make it seem like a real family."
While Jackson played both sports at the professional level after college, Bennett believes it's less realistic for today's athlete to pull off the same feet.
"Bo Jackson was a great athlete," he said. "I've seen (a Jackson documentary) and he did some crazy things. It would be great if I could play both sports, but I'll probably end up just picking one. It's hard right now to say which one."
While Bennett is verbally committed to the Panthers, he also mentioned Western Kentucky as another school that would allow him to play both baseball and football - a requirement of Bennett's for any school he attends.
The Hilltoppers have also had success with their running backs, which has Bennett's attention.
"Their last two running backs went to the NFL," he said, referring to Antonio Andrews and Kadeem Jones. "And last year their back (Andrews) led the nation in all-purpose yards and was leading the nation in yards until the last game of the season. So they give the running back the ball."
When asked on a scale of 1-10 how committed he was to Florida International, he said nine, and that there was only one way the Hilltoppers could flip him.
"I guess when I go up there, they just wow me."
Bennett plans to visit Florida International for its game against Louisville on Sept. 20 and again when the Panthers play Florida Atlantic on Oct. 2. He doesn't yet have a date for a Western Kentucky visit.
Adam Krohn is a Southeast Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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