Centerville’s Bennett commits to Ohio State

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Centerville junior Michael Bennett has offers from Ohio State, Alabama, Florida, Oklahoma and others. (Photo by Brian Swartz)

Bucknuts broke the news in late April that defensive lineman Michael
Bennett had narrowed his long list of scholarship offers down to Ohio
State and Northwestern.  Less than one month later Bennett is a Buckeye.


Bucknuts broke the news in late April that defensive lineman Michael Bennett had narrowed his long list of scholarship offers down to Ohio State and Northwestern.  Less than one month later Bennett is a Buckeye.

“I called coach (Jim) Tressel tonight and committed,” Bennett said. “He was really excited.”

When asked why he picked Ohio State, Bennett said, “After I talked things over with my family I felt Ohio State would prepare me better for the NFL.

“And Ohio State has a strong medical school.  They will be able to help me after I’m done with football.”

In addition to OSU and Northwestern, Bennett’s list of offers included Cincinnati, Alabama, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Michigan, Wisconsin, Nebraska, West Virginia, Iowa and Pitt.

Bennett took a hard look at what Northwestern had to offer before picking Ohio State.

“It was a hard decision,” he said.  “But I feel good about it and so does my family.  They will be able to see my games easier, but they would have been supportive no matter which one I picked.”

The 6-foot-3 and 270-pound Bennett started at guard his sophomore season. He played offensive and defensive tackle during his junior season.

Bennett helped lead the Elks to an 8-3 record with over 70 ‘knockdown’ blocks and over 20 ‘pancakes’ this past season. However, Bennett plans to play defensive tackle for the Buckeyes.

OSU defensive coordinator and line coach Jim Heacock recruited Bennett.

“He’s a good guy,” Bennett said. “We have a good relationship.”

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