March 27, 2012

Bear Creek standout ready for Laramie

Lakewood (Colo.) Jake Bennett has begun the process of visiting college campuses. This weekend, that journey takes him to Laramie, Wyoming to learn a little more about the Cowboys.

Bennett is a 6-foot-3, 275-pound tackle, who will likely find a college home on the interior offensive line. The Bear Creek standout holds a scholarship offer from Colorado State and said he is learning more about their rival to the north, Wyoming. Bennett will check out Wyoming's spring practice on Friday. He said he has been talking to Wyoming assistant coach Gregg Brandon this off-season and is looking forward to meeting the rest of the staff.

"I've been talking to Coach Brandon, their (offensive coordinator)," Bennett said. "We talked and he said they want me to play an interior line position for them. I am going to get up there and meet the whole staff this weekend and see what they are all about. After that I'll make a decision on if I am coming up for a camp or for their spring game."

Bennett said he was in Laramie last summer for a one-day camp and liked what he saw.

"I was up there last June for their one-day. They seem like they have turned the program around with the whole coaching staff. I liked the small town feel that they have going on up there."

In addition to a scholarship offer from Colorado State, Bennett is also hearing from the Pokes, Colorado, Arizona State and Nebraska. He plans to attend a Junior Day at ASU on April 14 and may go to camps this summer at Nebraska and Colorado. Last weekend he spent a day in Fort Collins getting to know Colorado State a little better.

"(CSU head coach Jim) McElwain is really turning the program around up there," Bennett said. "We spent the whole day touring the facilities. It seems like they are pretty interested in what I could do for them and what they could do for me. I am definitely interested."

The Bear Creek standout should qualify academically thanks to a 3.2 grade point average. He excels in the weight room where he bench presses 250 pounds and squats 405. He said he hopes to be a college football coach someday and will likely major in forestry or put himself down the path of working for a Game and Fish department.

Bennett said he hopes to have his college choice made by the start of his senior high school football season and added his choice will be more of a feel than any specific aspect of a recruiting visit.

"I don't think it is anything with the offense, I think it is with the town, the coaches, the players that are there and if they can make it feel like I belong," Bennett said.

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