Last week, Syracuse quietly sent out a scholarship offer to high school sophomore Cade Bennett from Arizona. The Orange is Bennett‚Äôs first scholarship offer, and last week Orange Fizz talked to the 2020 offensive lineman about what it means to him, what he‚Äôs looking for in a school and his thoughts on SU.
SU‚Äôs interest in Bennett is very new. He didn‚Äôt even know the Orange wanted him until he got the call and was offered a scholarship.
‚ÄúI had no idea, to be honest with you,‚Äù Bennett told Orange Fizz. ‚ÄúIt may be the most shocking thing that‚Äôs ever happened to me in my life. It was a great shock, but it was shocking. I had no clue they had interest in me, but it was welcome.‚Äù
Bennett said the Orange messaged him on Twitter before calling him to offer a scholarship to the lineman. He plays at Notre Dame prep out of Scottsdale, AZ. Syracuse is Bennett‚Äôs first offer, but he has also talked to Arizona State and Washington. But even though schools closer to home have offered Bennett, he gives the Orange an early edge in his recruitment.
‚ÄúI would have to say Syracuse first just because they were the first to reach out to me,‚Äù Bennett said. ‚ÄúThey became more interested than the other schools. Then, I would probably go Arizona State and Washington. But I haven‚Äôt toured or seen Syracuse or watched Washington either, so who knows? Syracuse is just really welcoming to me.‚Äù
Bennett said he plans to take a visit to Syracuse soon, and he may not be alone. Syracuse also has a scholarship offer extended to Notre Dame Prep running back/wide receiver Jake Smith. Smith has offers from 14 schools, including Penn State, Arizona State and Wisconsin.
‚ÄúWe might fly out there at the same time one of these days soon enough,‚Äù Bennett said. ‚ÄúThey invited me to come out sometime so we definitely will.‚Äù
On the field, Bennett doesn‚Äôt have much experience in the fast-paced offensive style of Dino Babers. Notre Dame prep doesn‚Äôt utilize that playbook often, but Bennett is comfortable when it does.
‚ÄúWe actually ran it one game this year,‚Äù Bennett said. ‚ÄúIt worked out pretty well. I think we should run it more‚Ä¶ I enjoy that style of offense. It‚Äôs quick and it gets the job done.‚Äù
As far as what he‚Äôs looking for a school, Bennett made it very clear what he‚Äôs looking for in a staff: a coaching staff he can buy into.
‚ÄúThe main thing is really just welcoming coaches and a welcoming community. That‚Äôs probably the first and foremost for me. If I feel welcome there, I‚Äôll want to spend my time there‚Ä¶ It‚Äôs a big factor; it always has been to me.‚Äù
Bennett has a long way to go before National Signing Day 2020, but he has the first scholarship offer out of the way. Notre Dame prep is in the Arizona State Playoffs and faces Desert Edge this weekend.
Posted: Nathan Dickinson