Suffield (CT) Suffield Academy defensive end Kechaun Bennett committed to Michigan on Wednesday night. He picked the Wolverines over offers from Miami, Notre Dame, Penn State, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech, among others.
Bennett is listed at 6’4″ and 220 lbs.
ESPN: 4-star, 80 grade, #39 DE
Rivals: 4-star, 5.8 grade, #12 WDE
247 Sports: 3-star, 89 grade, #26 SDE
Hit the jump for more on Bennett’s commitment.
Bennett was offered by Michigan in February of 2019. He says he favored Michigan right from the jump, and he was always a player lurking on the periphery of Michigan recruiting. It was known that he really liked Michigan, but he was supposed to visit campus again in March and never had a chance. With the current COVID-19 situation, some of these commitments are coming at random times. People used to be on “commit watch” when they visited or shortly following their visits, but that just can’t be the case right now.
Bennett is an underrated prospect, in my opinion. He’s a long and lanky athlete who looks and plays a lot like Taco Charlton. I like his stance and explosive get-off, and he does a decent job of shedding blockers in his pass rush. He can sink his hips and change direction very well for a tall player. I also like the confidence and swagger in his game.
Bennett needs to get stronger; he looks rail-thin, and he does not deal well with run blockers who take him on directly.
Overall, I really like this addition for Michigan. I think that’s probably pretty obvious from my comparison above to Charlton, whose high school highlights you can find here (LINK). I’m not sure about Michigan’s plan for him. He says he’s being recruited as a Viper, which is not traditionally reserved for a guy entering college at 6’4″, 220 or larger. Bennett looks more like a weakside end. I think he could handle parts of the Viper/SAM’s responsibilities, but the coverage responsibilities would most likely require a sub.
Is he the next Josh Uche or the next Taco Charlton? I’ll take either one.
Bennett is the first commitment from Connecticut in this class, but Michigan has recruited the Nutmeg State heavily in the past few years, landing players like Cornelius Johnson, Jack Stewart, and Charles Thomas in 2019 and Tarik Black in 2017. Bennett would be the first player from Suffield Academy since safety Brad Hawkins spent a prep year there in the 2017 class.
TTB Rating: I am not giving out TTB Ratings for 2021 yet.
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