A busy recruiting week just got even bigger for the Michigan football team. And it happened in the middle of the night.
Kechaun Bennett, a four-star defensive end and the No. 1 prospect in the state of Connecticut, announced late Wednesday his commitment to the Wolverines. Bennett did it with a 10:45 p.m. post on social media, with a graphic of himself in a Michigan uniform declaring himself a Michigan man.
Listed at 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, Bennett is the third defensive end in the 2021 recruiting class to commit to Michigan. He’s a four-star prospect according to 247Sports’ composite rankings, which incorporate other recruiting services such as Rivals and ESPN.
Bennett attends Suffield Academy, a private prep school in Connecticut that produced Michigan safety Brad Hawkins. There, he’s compiled 112 tackles and 10 1/2 sacks in his first three seasons on varsity. He had a standout junior season, posting 48 tackles, seven sacks and two fumble recoveries.
247Sports’ composite ranks Bennett No. 329 in the class and No. 21 among all strong-side defensive ends. He projects as a pass-rushing end and could wind up as a “SAM” linebacker in Don Brown’s blitz-heavy defense.
Bennett reportedly had 18 scholarship offers, picking Michigan over finalists Miami (Fla.), California, Notre Dame, Ole Miss and Syracuse.