Sparks, Nevada's Kaiden Bennett is always doing something. And he doesn't want to stop anytime soon. Bennett plays quarterback in football and point guard in basketball and he says that each one helps himperform better at the other.
"I've done both since I was five," Bennett said. "They keep me moving around. Every week I'm playing one or the other. I wake up at 5:30 every morning and I just try to keep my momentum going and create good things for myself."
Bennett has the multiple sport thing in common with one of his favorite players, quarterback Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks. Wilson played both baseball and football at N.C. State University and played Minor League Baseball before deciding on a professional career in the NFL.
The 5-9, 140-pound Bennett is most known right now for his football exploits. This season with the Reed Raiders, he threw for 1,271 yards with 21 touchdowns and only four interceptions while running for 1,017 yards and 20 touchdowns on only 59 carries. On the other side of the ball at safety, he accounted for 43 tackles with nine passes defensed, three interceptions, two forced fumbles, and four touchdown returns. Bennett set the record for most touchdowns in a game with eight, four passing and four rushing. In one game, he recorded one touchdown each by passing, rushing, punt return, and interception return. To make those numbers even more impressive, Bennett, who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.8 seconds, said he only played until halftime of every game because of the mercy rule.
Bennett has attended the Stanford camp and plans to attend camps at both UCLA and USC. He said "I'm just trying to get my name out there."
It seems like he is already successfully getting his name out there. He also made the 7-on-7 NUC team and played in the NUC All-West game in December. Bennett was 4-for-5 passing for 117 yards and two touchdowns in that one, against some of the best players on the West Coast. He just got invited to the Texas vs. the World game on February 12th in Texas and earlier this offseason made the FBU national championship team for team Las Vegas. Bennett, who will be attending Folsom High School in Sacramento, CA next year, said he has also been elected to the Winter Classic All-Star game. As for after high school, the Ohio St. fan said his top three choices for college would be the Buckeyes, UCLA, and Oregon.
Bennett credits his father with his success and he is very proud of him.
"My dad was the founder of a youth football league and he has been coaching for 18 years. He teaches me the most. I'm thankful for him and my family."
Playing two sports isn't all that Bennett excels at. He is also a 4.0 student on top of his athletic prowess.
"I've been maintaining that for my whole life and I'm most proud of that because education is key."
And for Kaiden Bennett, so is never stopping.
Written by Youth1 Contributor Steven Bowers
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