Christopher Bennett is one of the best players from the Fairview, Illinois area in the Class of 2025.
Bennett, who attends Edward Jr. High School, is a dynamic player that works on both sides of the ball as a wide receiver, running back and safety.
Bennett, who plays for the Junior Flyers, has received plenty of recognition during his outstanding career, such as winning MVP.
Bennett is humbled by the accolade and the chance to showcase his skills.
“It shows me that all of my hard work is paying off and it makes me want to keep grinding to get better every day,” Bennett said. “It motivates me to keep pushing myself to be great.”
No matter the opponent, on each snap Bennett is determined to give it his all.
Bennett is going all out.
The motor is always at full throttle whenever Bennett steps between the lines.
“My mindset is to have different moves off the line, beat the corner, catch every pass thrown to me, and get in the corner’s head,” Bennett said. “I want the opponent to have to work for everything they get.”
Bennett has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the gridiron. Bennett tells why he enjoys the game of football so much.
“I just enjoy having fun play the sport I love with all my friends, and I know my hard work will pay off big time in the future,” Bennett said.
Bennett has learned many valuable lessons from playing football that he applies to his everyday life.
The main one is applying perspective to all situations.
“It has taught me that there’s kids out there that’s working hard just like me and want to take my spot, so I have to never relax,” Bennett said.
Bennett recalls his favorite football memory.
“My favorite memory of playing has to be when we shake hands after the game,” Bennett said. “That’s my favorite memory because every time the coaches say ‘You’re a great player.’”
Kewan Rogers has coached Bennett for five years with the Junior Flyers.
Rogers explains the best parts of Bennett’s game.
“At running back and safety he’s very explosive and quick. His football IQ is through the roof. He has a knack for putting himself in position to make big plays on either side of the ball,” Rogers said. “The other team has to be aware of him at all times.”
Bennett takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Bennett makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.
“I demonstrate being a good teammate by sportsmanship and not being upset when I don’t get the ball. Every time my team scores, I go celebrate with them,” Bennett said. “The best advice I give my teammates is to don’t take your foot off the brake and show no mercy.”
Rogers adds that Bennett is one of those consummate teammates that every squad needs to be successful.
“He’s a very vocal leader that also sets an example through his dedication and work ethic,” Thomas said. “That attitude is contagious to the rest of his team.”
Bennett is appreciative of having amazing male role models that are supportive.
“My dad coached me last year. He said ‘every play is not about you’ and he told me ‘You can have all the talent on the field, but the college level will look past that if your grades are not good.’”Bennett said. “The best advice I’ve gotten is to treat every play like your life depended on it.”
Rogers is an advocate of Bennett’s capabilities.
“He made big plays in the kickoff game with several returns and several pick-six long TD runs,” Rogers said. “He puts himself in a position to make big plays. We wouldn’t have had the season we did without his efforts.”
In addition to making clutch plays, Bennett also has a high level of football IQ as well.
Bennett has excellent football awareness that puts him in position to thrive.
“His football IQ is like something I’ve never seen for a 12-year-old,” Rogers said. “He’s a very smart football player that maximizes his skill-set for the benefit of the team.”
Bennett is on the grind to perfect and hone his craft in any way possible.
“He has a great work ethic. He works out three times a week to get better,” Rogers said. “You never have to tell him to work hard. He takes the initiative on his own.”
Rogers explains why he compares Bennett to this all-time great.
“i compare him to Barry Sanders with an element of power,” Rogers said. “He has the same type of qualities at his position as him.”
Bennett patterns his mentality after these standout.
“I look up to Julio Jones and Odell Beckham Jr.,” Bennett said. “Julio Jones because he’s strong and built and can run every route in the route tree Odell because he has the swag and can make people miss tackles.”
Bennett is constantly striving for greatness in everything that he does.
“On the field I want to work hard and push myself,” Bennett said. “Off the field I want to keep working in school and don’t follow anybody and hang around people that will not get me in trouble.”
Bennett explains his collegiate aspirations.
“I would love to play at Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, LSU or anywhere on the D-1 level,” Bennett said.
Bennett lists math as his favorite subject in school.
“I’m good at math and it comes easy to me,” Bennett said. “Math is something that you need to know in life.”
Rogers outlines the areas of improvement that will take Bennett’s game to the next level.
“Right now we’re working on reaction time by doing cone drills, shuttle run, etc.,” Rogers said.
Rogers believes the sky is the limit as long as Bennett continues to stay hungry.
“He has the potential to be a great college or NFL player one day,” Rogers said. “He has the desire and will to be special. I’m confident he’s going to have success.”
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