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Talented in-state QB discusses Clemson interest

Summerville (S.C.) 2019 quarterback Johnathan Bennett has several early offers and is gaining interest from Power Five programs after showing well on the camp circuit this summer.

Earlier this month, he competed at the full three-day session of the Dabo Swinney Camp.

“It was great,” Bennett told TCI. “I feel like I got better over the three-day span, and it was really good to get in front of the coaches.”

Bennett (6-1, 190) will be a junior in the fall and three-year starter. As a sophomore last season, he completed 113 of 208 passes (54.3 percent) for 1,545 yards and 13 touchdowns while rushing for 823 yards and nine scores.

Coastal Carolina extended his first offer in February before Appalachian State and UNC Charlotte offered last month. North Carolina, Northwestern, Penn State and Wake Forest are showing interest, as well as Clemson.

Clemson quarterbacks coach Brandon Streeter was complimentary of Bennett’s performance at the Swinney Camp.

“Coach Streeter was excited for me to come up to camp and get coached,” Bennett said. “He told my that I got better from Day 1 to Day 3. He told me over the three days that he likes my quick release and my ability to and my ability to move in and out of the pocket.”

The camp visit marked Bennett’s second to Clemson. He also visited for the Tigers’ game against Syracuse last November.

“It was amazing,” he said. “Everything was first-class, and it was a great crowd as well.”

The Allen Reeves Football Complex was under construction then, but Bennett was able to see it in its completed form during the Swinney Camp.

“The facilities are definitely an eye-opener, top-notch, and you’ll probably never get bored being a football player at Clemson,” Bennett said. “My favorite part is definitely the slide. Second to none.”

Bennett, who lives just a few hours away from Clemson, would love to get an offer from the Tigers in the future. But offers aren’t his focus right now — working hard and getting better is.

“I have a lot of friends that would be excited because they want me to go to Clemson, but that’s something I can’t control,” he said. “I can only work hard every day and put my best foot forward every day, and whatever happens, happens. I’m just going to control what I can control.”

Along with Clemson, Bennett has camped at Coastal, Duke, North Carolina, South Carolina and Wake Forest thus far this summer. He is scheduled to visit Penn State and Northwestern in late July.

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