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Bennett bolting up the charts

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Tulsa (Okla.) Booker T. Washington athlete Eric Bennett II was one of the top performers at the U.S. Army All-America Combine, and the 5-foot-10, 176-pounder is starting to become a hot target with college coaches.
Bennett, who ran a 4.64-second electronic time in the 40-yard dash, has picked up four offers already, including a new one from a Big 12 school that has a great history at Booker T. Washington.
"Kansas State offered me (Wednesday)," Bennett said. "I know I've got one of my teammates going up there this fall, and they've had a great run of kids from Booker T. in the past. They have a lot of good tradition with Tulsa guys, so I was really excited about the offer.
"I talked to one of the coaches and it went pretty well. I'm really excited about the offer."
The K-State offer is joined by Arkansas, Oklahoma State and Tennessee. He said other schools like Texas Tech and Oklahoma are also indicating they could offer him soon.
"They're talking about it," Bennett said. "That would be really exciting to add those offers. I'm probably going to take my time and let it all soak in, but this is pretty exciting to have some good options early on. I would like to hear maybe from LSU or somebody like that, too."
Bennett said he will attend the Fort Worth NIKE Training Camp and doesn't really have any other plans for camps this summer. He said most schools are recruiting him as an athlete, but he does have his preference on which side of the ball he'd like to play on.
"Most schools are saying athlete or return man," he said. "But if it's up to me, I'd rather start out on the defensive side of the ball. But really, it doesn't matter. I just want to get on the field and play."
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