Top247 receiver Mazeo Bennett engaged to Tennessee in mid-October, but he changed his mind and is back on the market.
The class of 2024 prospect from Greenville (SC) High was released from Tennessee on Thursday. He kept a close eye on South Carolina’s season and class throughout his recruiting.
5-foot-11, 175-pound Bennett is the No. 31 receiver and No. 3 player in South Carolina in the industry-generated 247Sports Composite.
“Man, first of all I want to thank the entire staff of the University of Tennessee,” he wrote announcing his decision. “Thank you for taking me in and believing in me. Thank you to the fanbase for all the love shown to me.
“With the recent changes in the coaching staff, me and my family have decided to step back and reevaluate Tennessee and others. Tennessee will continue to be one of my best schools.
“It hurts my heart to say this, but I will tender my resignation from the University of Tennessee and reopen my recruitment.”
As a junior, Bennett made 47 catches for 857 yards and 14 touchdowns in 14 games. He also ran 20 times for 221 yards and seven touchdowns.
When he focused on Tennessee, his offer list also included the state of Florida, Alabama, Oregon, North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina and Miami.
Scouting report from Bennett’s 247Sports profile: Verified size with plus length. Has speed to play in slot, but can also set up wide. Productive high school play affects play in all three stages. Natural pass catcher with above-average ball skills and the ability to hit high passes. Excellent body control allows for off-target adjustments and game play. Gets clean release off line from scrimmage and in route good. Has a strong presence in the field. Understands how to set up a defensive back. Reliable pass catcher follows the ball well. Selfless team player with great playing ability. Makes yards after the catch by quickly securing the pass and entering the field. Can make spectacular plays look routine. Can be physical at the top of routes. Also shows that aspect as a defensive back. Willing blocker who puts in the work and sees value in that aspect of the game. Has speed to get behind defenses, but no real burner. Must continue to add upper body strength to deal with the college cornerbacks in press coverage. Need to keep working on speeding up out of breaks. Power 5 starter with potential to become an NFL receiver.