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Wed. December 2, 2009 | Eduardo A. Encina

His high school career complete, Alonso quarterback C.J. Bennett is starting the tedious recruiting process all over again.

Bennett, who orally committed to Wyoming this summer, decommitted from the school last week.

When he committed, Wyoming seemed to be an ideal school for him. The Cowboys ran a similar offensive as Alonso's spread system. But over the course of the fall, Bennett had a change of heart.

"I think he started feeling like that in the middle of September when is was 12 degreees and a foot of snow on the ground," Bennett's father, Chip, said.

So now, Chip Bennett said he's sending about 30 highlight tapes of his son to various programs around the country -- some that showed previous interests, others that might need a quarterback and other that are shots in the dark.

"We're hoping to catch a little lighting in a bottle here," he said.

USF would be Bennett's dream school, his father said, but right now his favorite is South Alabama. Currently a Division I-AA program, the Jaguars will be begin transitioning to Division I in 2011. Former USF assistant Greg Gregory, USA's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, has known Bennett for years.

"We're looking at them like they're D-I," Chip Bennett said.

Bennett also previously had offers from Towson, Elon, Eastern Illinois and Navy.

Bennett is also being featured on a reality show called "The Ride," which features various under-the-radar high school quarterbacks competing for recruiting attention and, ultimately, a spot on the U.S. Army All-American Team.

Chip Bennett said the show might help raise C.J.'s profile, but they're not counting on an offer coming from him being on the show.

-- EDUARDO A. ENCINA (eencina@sptimes.com

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