OU football recruiting: Receiver Austin Bennett turned down Texas to be a Sooner

BY STEPHANIE KUZYDYM, Staff Writer, skuzydym@opubco.com Published: February 5, 2013
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Three-star wide receiver Austin Bennett already acted like a Sooner before he'll ever step on the Owen Field turf in an OU jersey.

He turned down Texas.

The Manvel, Texas prospect committed to Oklahoma in June after a trip to Norman made him realize he wanted to be a part of the family and offense at OU. But the Sooners' Red River rival caused commotion by offering to Bennett on Jan. 15.

Bennett stayed committed to Oklahoma.

At 6-foot-1, 170 pounds, Bennett turned down offers from Arkansas, Old Miss, TCU, West Virginia and a handful of others. He runs a 4.72 time in a 40-yard dash. He is ranked as the 78th best recruit out of the state of Texas, per 247sports.com. 

Bennett's fellow Manvel wide receiver Kyrion Parker was also offered by Oklahoma. Parker, though, committed to Texas A&M.

Bennett will join a receiving corp with rising seniors Jalen Saunders and Lacolton Bester, rising sophomores Sterling Shepard, Trey Metoyer and Durron Neal and redshirt freshman Derrick Woods. There is also the possibility of the reinstatement of Jaz Reynolds. 

"It really was about the tradition and history of the football team," Bennett said to ESPN about his decision. "There aren't many teams that can compare to OU."