College Football Recruiting 2013: Oklahoma Lands Rising Arkansas Decommit

Wes ODonnell@wesodonnellFeatured ColumnistJune 21, 2012

Photo courtesy of 247Sports.com
Photo courtesy of 247Sports.com

Manvel, Texas wide receiver Austin Bennett was all set to join Bobby Petrino's high-octane offense at Arkansas but decommitted when the then-Razorbacks coach was fired.

Bennett, a consensus 3-star athlete/wide receiver, re-opened his recruiting but has now settled on another high-octane offense, this time in Norman, Oklahoma.

According to Bob Przybylo of ESPN's Sooner Nation, Bennett has verbally committed to Oklahoma following a visit on Wednesday. Przybylo quotes the Texas receiver, saying:

We're all pretty excited right now. When I told the coaches, they were pumped up, too. I really liked that because that tells me they wanted me. This feels like a big weight lifted off my back.

The 5'11", 170-pounder chose the Sooners over other programs whose offenses also fit his style of play, such as West Virginia, TCU and SMU.

He's the second receiver to commit to coach Bob Stoops and the 12th overall in the 2013 class.

The Sooners signed six wide receivers in the 2012 class and one other athlete capable of playing wide receiver.

They still have a number of receiver recruits considering their offers, so we shouldn't expect them to lighten up much in the area in this class either.

Bennett isn't going to go come in and start immediately, but if he develops physically, he should find his way into the slot and the return game before long.

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