Former Notre Dame prep lineman Cade Bennett immediately saw interest from many programs when he enter the transfer portal last week.
The former Oklahoma State Cowboy had a tumultuous week, but San Diego State immediately stood out. After a visit to campus on Thursday, Bennett professes his allegiance to the Aztecs.
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“San Diego state seemed like a match made in heaven right off the bat,” Bennett said via text message. “I really enjoy[offending coach Mike Goff]talking about football, life and everything else that San Diego State has to appreciate. Obviously the weather is hard to beat, 70’s and sunny all year round. It’s close to home and a run-intensive program that suits my playstyle well.”
Bennett, a redshirt freshman, said the Aztecs plan to play him as a guard. Off the field, he has a deep interest in San Diego State’s outstanding business program.
Straightforward portal process for Cade Bennett
His decision lasted only seven days since entering the transfer portal. While some players may experience many what-if questions in the search for a new college home, for Bennett and his family it has been a clear-cut process.
“My experience with the transfer portal was pure business,” said Bennett. “I was trying to find a place where I could be closer to home and have a great experience. I also wanted to get on the field and hopefully achieve my dream of going to the NFL. SDSU has a long history as an O lineman in the league. Again, it’s a game made in heaven for me.”
Bennett was one of two Arizona players going to Oklahoma State in the Class of 2020, joining former Saguaro wide receiver Matt Polk, who is also currently on the transfer portal. The offensive lineman has seen game time in two games this year and has four years left.
What he learned in Stillwater he will now take with him to San Diego.
“The state of Oklahoma helped me mature and really become a man,” Bennett said. “I’m grateful for everything the program has given me physically and mentally and I’m ready to start this new chapter.”
While the Aztecs have built a strong running game under Rocky Long and now Brady Hoke, the 6-foot-4, 312-pound Bennett believes he will fit perfectly on San Diego State’s offense.
“Hopefully Aztec fans will see my physicality shine in my game. I believe I can fit right into the system and compete. That’s all I can ask.”