The Golden State of California is much improved as far as depth goes along the offensive front for the class of 2006. There is another talented offensive lineman who has received his first offer of what could be many more offers to come.
The offensive lineman is Brandon Bennett (6-6, 300, 5.2) from La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat. Bennett has a received a scholie offer from the UCLA Bruins.
Bennett is scheduled to go to UCLA's junior day this coming Saturday (March 5th).
Other schools that are showing interest in Bennett are archrival USC, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, Oregon State and Cal.
There will be even more once schools are allowed to visit the high school and watch tape on the talented offensive lineman from Bishop Amat.
"For a 6-foot-6 and 300-pound young man, Brandon can run," Bishop Amat coach Mike DiFiori said. "For a big man, Brandon is very athletic and has great feet."
"Brandon moves so well that we use him to pull," DiFiori said. "We ask him to do a multiple of as an offensive lineman."
"Brandon is good now," DiFiori said. "But he's only going to get better, he has a ton of untapped talent."
"When Brandon grows into that body," DiFiori said. "He's going to be one of the best."
"Brandon is a good kid with a lot of character," DiFiori said. "He's good in the classroom and the weight room."
Bennett currently benches 320 and that is a very good lift when you consider the length of his arms. He has long arms and that makes the bench press a tougher lift. He also a solid 255-pound power clean.
It should be understood that Bennett plays against top-notch competition as he competes in arguably the toughest league in Division I Southern Section CIF.
Five out of the six teams in the league a made the playoffs in 2004 and a couple of years ago all six teams made the playoffs and advanced until they started playing one another and knocking each other off.