September 12, 2011

Traylor-Bennett checks out Ohio State

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Saturday saw another group of outstanding junior prospects at Ohio State for the win over Toledo. Among that group was Reynoldsburg (Ohio) product Mykel Traylor-Bennett. The 6-foot-4, 185-pound wide receiver is off to a great start to his junior season and came away impressed by the speed and precision that the college game provides.

"The Toledo game was awesome," Traylor-Bennett said. "I got real close to the players and they were huge and the game is so much faster (at the college level). It's all fundamentals, if you mess up it messes up the whole play. I was looking at my position (wide receiver) and they run their routes hard every time"

One of the best parts about the visit for Traylor-Bennett was his comfort level while at Ohio Stadium.

"It was a real nice stadium," he explained. "I was in the place where all of the recruits go and they had food and they showed us this nice little Ohio State (video). I felt at home because I just felt so comfortable there and the coaches were real nice and they had real nice people to help you out and stuff."

Traylor-Bennett had a chance to quickly speak with his main recruiter before the game in Stan Drayton. Drayton and Traylor-Bennett have been in contact since June when the big receiver turned in a strong performance at the Ohio State camp.

"I talked to Stan Drayton, the wide receivers coach," he said. "He didn't say too much, he had to go back to the locker room but he just wanted to make sure I saw him and that he would talk to me on the way out but we had to leave."

So where do the Buckeyes sit with Traylor-Bennett after the visit?

"Ohio State is my number one school," he said. "I like their offense. They run a lot but they also pass too and I just like the atmosphere. I'm from Ohio so I just always liked them."

In addition to Ohio State, Traylor-Bennett is hearing from a handful of other division I programs and that list should increase once junior film makes it out.

"UCLA sent me a big packet after I sent them my questionnaire," he explained. "Ohio State has invited me to games, Wisconsin is sending me mail, and so is Miami (Ohio)."

In terms of visits, Traylor-Bennett has one more that he knows he will be making.

"I believe I'm going to the Cincinnati and West Virginia game at Paul Brown Stadium on November 12th," he said.

On the field, Reynoldsburg is off to a strong start under new head coach Buddy White. The Raiders are 2-1, having lost a heartbreaker to Findlay in week two.

"It's going real good," he said. "I think it's better to lose early in the season to a good team than later in the season. We lost that game but we kept our heads up and we worked hard and we came out with a win (on Friday) so I think we're right back where we were before."

Traylor-Bennett has been a major factor in the success as he has made big plays in the passing game, on the ground, and in the return game. On Friday night, Traylor-Bennett returned a punt for a touchdown, had another return for a touchdown called back, and returned a third punt inside the five yard-line. That type of versatility should serve Traylor-Bennett well on the recruiting trail.

"I'll do whatever teams want me to do," he said. "I just want to play at the next level."


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