Fresh off of competing at the Air Strike Tournament this past weekend, Encino (Calif.) Crespi quarterback Bryan Bennett hit the road to check out his top three schools in the hopes of landing some key offers.
Bennett spent Sunday at Boise State and then Monday and Tuesday at Oregon. Today, he'll fly out to Pitt for three days.
The 6-foot-3, 185-pound passer then made his way to Boise State for an unofficial visit. The trip exceeded his expectations, and he received an offer from the Broncos' coaching staff this morning.
"It was actually really nice," he said. "I definitely wasn't expecting it to be as nice as it was. I got to meet all the coaches, but I was mainly with Bryan Harsin and Chris Petersen, and also Brent Pease, my recruiting coordinator. I felt really welcome and pretty comfortable with the coaches, and that was something I liked."
Bennett, a three-star prospect and Rivals.com's No. 20 pro-style quarterback, had an even better time at Oregon.
He toured the campus Monday with his father and was blown away by what the Ducks had to offer. On Tuesday, Bennett did a 45-minute workout for Ducks coaches and sat down with head coach Chip Kelly and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich.
"Man, the facilities they have here are just ridiculous," Bennett said. "I got to check out Autzen Stadium, and just standing on the 50-yard line in that stadium is ridiculous. Day two is what really made me interested. The workout was tough, but that what I like."
On his way to the airport, Bennett called the Oregon coaches and received the offer he was hoping for.
"It's definitely a great offer," he said. "Oregon was really a great experience."
Bennett will end the week with a three-day visit to Pitt, joined by his father and grandfather. The Panthers' coaches have already offered him, so Bennett is going to get a better feel for the school.
"I'm going out there to check out the stadium and the facilities and to get to know the coaches a little better," he said.
Bennett said he plans on making a decision next week, once he's had time to consider all three schools.
"I'd want to talk about what I have, think about my situation with the school and go from there," he said.
If he doesn't make a decision in the next week or so, Bennett might opt to attend USC's Rising Stars camp at the end of the month.
"Depending on what happens with these three schools I'm visiting, I might go to the SC camp," he said. "I know Rocky Seto called my coach and has been e-mailing me to get me out there."
Bennett led Crespi into to Air Strike tournament, but his team was eliminated by Anaheim Servite late on Saturday.
"It went pretty good," he said. "That was our first 7-on-7, so it was good to get out there and see what we could do. We had some dropped balls and some miscommunication on defense, and I definitely think we could have done a lot better and should have gone farther."
Though 14 of Rivals.com's top 20 pro-style quarterbacks have already picked schools, Bennett said he doesn't feel rushed to make a decision.
"But at the same time, I don't want to sit around and play the waiting game and lose out on some opportunities," he said. "I'm going to take it all in and talk with my family. I could see myself making a decision somewhat soon, but I'm not going to rush it because of what other kids have done."