COMMIT: Cougs land Mississippi DT

COMMIT: Cougs land Mississippi DT

RELATIONSHIPS ARE all-important in recruiting and the long distance relationship that developed between Washington State and Maurice Bennett, a 6-2, 280-pound defensive tackle out of Madison, Mississippi paid off handsomely on Wednesday with his verbal commitment to the Cougars. Still, how does a 3-star recruit from Mississippi end up with Wazzu? CF.C talked to Bennett to find out the answer…

Bennett sent his tape to a bunch of schools including Washington State but said it was surprising given the distance how hard WSU recruited him from the get-go.

"With them coming and recruiting me all the way down here, that just said a lot to me. I've been talking with the Washington State coaches for a long time now and I decided to commit to them," said Bennett.

Bennett, who played both DT and DE last year at Madison Central, was recruited primarily by Todd Howard, the Cougs' new d-line coach. Bennett said Howard and Paul Wulff liked how he can hold the point of attack, that he runs well and that he has a big personality.

"They said I played exactly the way they coached," said Bennett.

Maurice Bennett junior season video reel

Bennett committed to WSU sight unseen, and said he plans to officially visit Washington State "in September, maybe October at the latest." The brother of Ole Miss DT Bryon Bennett, he had 38 tackles as a junior, with six tackles for loss and two sacks.

He becomes the seventh known commit in the 2012 class, joining RB Terrell Davis, S Taylor Taliulu, QB Austin Apodaca, MLB Jordan Pulu, S David Bucannon and WR Dalen Jones. The Cougs are projected to take 18-20 in the 2012 class when Signing Day arrives in February.

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