Vanderbilt RB Recruit Rajaan Bennet Shot, Killed

Dylan MagelContributor IFebruary 18, 2010

Three-star Vanderbilt running back recruit Rajaan Bennett was shot and killed this morning in an apparent murder case.

The 2010 recruit was found dead inside his Powder Springs, Georgia home this morning. The police reacted to a 911 call from his address around 2:30 A.M. and saw two people run out of the home as gunshots were fired from inside the house. The two people were later identified as Bennett's mother, Narjaketha Bennett, and his uncle Taiwan Hunter.

The shooter was found to be one of Rajaan's mother's ex-boyfriends, Clifton O'neal Steger, who was found next to Bennett's body after a self-inflicted gunshot to the head ended his life. There has been no motive found in this case.

The Commodores valued Bennett as one of their most prestigious recruits in this class and had Bennett sign with them a mere two weeks earlier. Bennett is a 5-foot-11, 210 pound senior at Mceachern High School in Powder Springs, Georgia. He rushed for 1,857 yards and 28 touchdowns in his senior season with the Indians, giving him the 25th spot in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Fab 50, published in early February. 

Rajaan Bennett was known as the "man of the house" in Vanderbilt's head football coach, Bobby Johnson's opinion. "He took care of his brother and his mother and his sisters, they all looked up to him." Bennett was acclaimed as "one of the best kids I have ever coached" by his high school coach, Kyle Hockman, and was known as "a better kid off the field the on." 

Rajaan Bennett's Mceachern high school population has been affected recently in a way that is indescribable. Their principal stated, "We have a population of 2,200 kids and when you're Rajaan Bennett, you touch the lives of all 2,200." 

Rajaan Bennett will be well missed throughout his West Cobb community.