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Old 01-12-2005   #14
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And it begins...

Horns grab commitment from state's top football recruit
Alief tight end Martellus Bennett, No. 1 on the Fab 55, pledges to Texas.

Alief Taylor's Martellus Bennett the state's top high school football recruit and the top-rated tight end in the nation has verbally committed to play for the University of Texas, two sources close to the Longhorns' program confirmed Monday.

Bennett, the No. 1 prospect on the Austin American-Statesman's Fabulous 55, informed Texas Coach Mack Brown of his commitment during a phone call after the Longhorns' victory over Michigan in the Rose Bowl. Bennett promised Brown that he would help bring Texas back to Pasadena next season, this time to play in the national championship game, a source said.

Bennett, a 6-foot-7-inch, 237-pound tight end, caught 42 passes for 487 yards and six touchdowns in his senior season. He also registered more than 100 pancake blocks.

He is ranked as the No. 7 overall prospect in the nation and the No. 1 tight end by College scouts have marveled at Bennett's combination of size, speed and agility.

Bennett picked the Longhorns over Texas A&M where his older brother, Michael, attends and the University of Miami. He originally committed to Miami, then de-committed. Bennett could not be reached for comment Monday.

Texas' starting tight end this past season, David Thomas, will be a senior in the fall.

Ryan Perrilloux, the highly touted quarterback from Reserve, La., who also has verbally committed to the Longhorns, said Monday that he is excited about the prospect of playing with Bennett.

Perrilloux and Bennett have been in San Antonio this week, practicing for Saturday's U.S. Army All-American Bowl, a national high school all-star game. They will both play on the West squad Saturday.

One of the juicier rumors floating around recruiting circles is that the nation's top-rated wide receiver Fred Rouse of Tallahassee, Fla. will bolt the Sunshine State to join Perrilloux and Bennett at Texas. Rouse, who is considering Florida State and Texas among others, also is in San Antonio for the all-star game. He'll play on the East team, and Perrilloux said he hasn't seen much of the wideout.

"But we're (Perrilloux and Bennett) working on him," Perrilloux said.
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