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POSTED: February 7, 2011 11:06 a.m.
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Jovan Bennett will join his older brothers at Tuskeegee University after signing a letter of intent on Wednesday to play football there.

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For the Bennetts, Tuskegee University football is becoming a family tradition.

Former Liberty County football player Trier Bennett received a scholarship to join the Tigers two years ago. Last year, Aaron Bennett penned his name to join Tuskegee as well.

On Wednesday, Jovan Bennett signed his letter of intent to join his siblings at the historic university.

The signing took place at LCHS’s media center during National Signing Day.

In addition to his brothers, Bennett will join former Panther Jevon Jones, brother of University of Louisiana at Lafayette track signee, Jana Jones.

Bennett is a two-year starter on the Panthers’ offensive line and is considered the strongest player to play at LCHS, according to Panther offensive coordinator Ryan Glazer.

Despite battling a leg injury, Bennett returned to the line and was the anchor that helped send the Liberty team to the second round of the state playoffs in 2009, coaches say.

Bennett plans to study business law and said the Tiger coaching staff wants to play him at center and possibly give him starting time his freshman season.

Already massive in stature, Bennett said he will be hitting the weight room and running track to be in peak form when he arrives in Tuskegee.

"I am very excited to go there knowing that there is something bigger — being a student athlete, being able to focus on my grades and being more effective on the field," he said.

"I’m a proud parent right now," said Martha Bennett about her son. "It’s amazing and it’s unusual for three brothers to go to the same school on full scholarship. He is going to be watched over and helped out by his bigger brothers. I’m honored."

"It’s a very unusual circumstance," dad Aaron Bennett Sr. said. "My wife and I were talking to some coaches and we looked it up and it’s rare to see three brothers, in three consecutive years, sign three scholarships to play football at the same university. A lot of the credit goes to my wife because while I was deployed she took care to make sure they were successful in academics and athletics. I’m proud to have three kids going to college."

 

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