June 27, 2011

Traylor-Bennett making transition

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For the Reynoldsburg (Ohio) product Mykel Traylor-Bennett, the process of transitioning from running back to wide receiver is progressing well. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound prospect is one of the more physically gifted prospects in Central Ohio for the 2013 class. Traylor-Bennett was one of the top junior performers at the Ohio State one-day senior camp on Saturday and he has set himself up as a player to watch this fall.

"I think I did pretty good," said Traylor-Bennett. "I'm only a junior obviously and I need to work on getting off the press and being more aggressive. I'm just starting this wide receiver stuff because I was a running back so I have all season to work on it and do a lot better."

Traylor-Bennett caught the eye of Ohio State wide receivers coach Stan Drayton. Drayton called him back to the office after the camp to talk to him and provide some advice on the recruiting process.

"We just talked about leadership, attitude, and not letting recruiters have to contact you all of the time, that you need to contact them," he said. "He just told me to be real personable and ask questions. He said if you're not asking questions then you're not doing the right thing."

Drayton also gave Traylor-Bennett a quick evaluation of his game and what he would like to see him work on this summer.

"He said I looked very good getting into my routes and that the only thing I need to work on is getting off the press," he said.

Traylor-Bennett is now on the radar of the Ohio State coaching staff but he's also hearing from some other programs around the Midwest.

"I've got a lot of interest from Bowling Green, Toledo, Kent State, Michigan State, and then some smaller schools like Urbana," he said.

While it's still early in the process, three schools are currently at the top for the athletic receiver.

"I like Ohio State, Michigan State, and Cincinnati," he said.

Traylor-Bennett broke down what he likes about all three schools:

On Ohio State: "With Ohio State, the whole state is about football. They're really physical, and they play a lot of good teams and I like competition.

On Michigan State: "They pass the ball a lot."

On Cincinnati: "My mom graduated from there and I really like a lot of their programs. I know a lot of their coaches and a lot of their players."

With new Reynoldsburg head coach Buddy White moving to a more spread-oriented offense, Traylor-Bennett should see a lot of balls thrown his way this fall.

"The adjustments that I need to work on are just being more of a leader and coming back and getting the ball," he said. "I'm used to getting the ball all of the time (as a running back) so I have to work on my blocking."


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