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Fri. January 8, 2010 | Eduardo A. Encina

Alonso senior quarterback C.J. Bennett is making an official visit to Division I-AA South Alabama this weekend, his father said Thursday, but his recruiting is becoming more of a wait-and-see even as signing day approaches early next month.

Chip Bennett, Bennett's father, said South Alabama, which will be beginning a transition to Division I status and has made Bennett an offer, is one of his son's favorties. USF has long Bennett's dream school, and the Bulls began recruiting Bennett recently when they lost out on a prime quarterback target, inviting Bennett for an official visit later this month. Chip Bennett hoped that that visit might lead to an offer.

"South Alabama and USF are right there with each other," Bennett said Thursday. "The difference is that one school has made and offer and the other hasn't yet."

Now, with a online report Friday that USF head coach Jim Leavitt has been fired, and that coaches on the recruiting trail have been called back, it again leaves Bennett in limbo.

Bennett participated in a reality show called "The Ride," which featured eight under-the-radar quarterbacks competing for visibility and a spot on the U.S. Army All-America Team. Bennett was among the final two competitors, earning a trip to the PrepBowl in Hawaii, but wasn't selected as the winner. Chip Bennett, however, said Thursday the show, which was shown on Fox Sports networks and Comcast nationwide, hasn't helped his son's recruiting.  

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

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