- Brandon Chatmon, ESPN Staff Writer
To gear up for 2013 national signing day, SoonerNation's Brandon Chatmon is breaking down every commitment in the Sooners' 2013 recruiting class. View the full archive here.
Vitals: Receiver Austin Bennett, Manvel, Texas/Manvel | 5-foot-11, 170 pounds
Committed: June 20, 2012
ESPN.com grade: 75. Three-star prospect.
ESPN.com rankings: No. 109 receiver, No. 185 in Midlands Region, No. 145 in Texas
Picked OU over: TCU, Arkansas, Kansas State, Ole Miss, West Virginia, Utah and others
State of the position: The Sooners feature several talented young receivers, including Sterling Shepard, Trey Metoyer and Durron Neal. Shepard looks like a future star in the slot so there is no drastic need for impact newcomers at receiver.
Pros: “Likely going to end up as a slot receiver/return specialist. He is undersized, lean and wiry, but also very quick and shifty. He has outstanding feet and elusive change-of-direction skills. He can make people miss and he can really accelerate in the open field, which makes him the perfect fit for the spread offense.” -- ESPN scouting report
Cons: “He may be quicker than fast. Must develop strength as a player as durability could be a concern for the next level. He has upside as a route-runner, but is inconsistent. Gets by on quickness.” -- ESPN scouting report
Similar to/potential role: Jalen Saunders. He’s a slippery, shifty slot prospect in the mold of Saunders or Ryan Broyles. He uses his quickness to make dynamic plays in the open field. He won’t be running people over or imposing his will with sheer physical strength. He’s the exact type of playmaker the Sooners look for at slot receiver.
Expect an impact in: 2014. Bennett could use a season to add some weight and prepare his body for the physical nature of a season in the Big 12. He has the ability to play immediately and play his way out of a redshirt season but the Sooners don’t need him to help right away thanks to Saunders and Shepard entrenched in the slot. After a redshirt year he would be poised to help immediately and provide another quality receiving and return threat for OU.
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