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Rocky Mountain grad, All-Idaho lineman commits to Idaho State football

Former Rocky Mountain High offensive lineman Zack Bennett poses for a portrait in 2015.
Former Rocky Mountain High offensive lineman Zack Bennett poses for a portrait in 2015. Idaho Statesman file

Former Rocky Mountain High center Zack Bennett verbally committed to a full-ride scholarship from the Idaho State football program Wednesday as part of its 2018 recruiting class, picking the Bengals over an offer from fellow FCS program Southeast Missouri State.

“There are plenty of other big schools that are talking to me now, but I believe in the schools that offered me first,” the 6-3, 290-pound Bennett said. “Recruiting is stupid. I like to get that over with so I know where I’m going to play. I’m here to play football, not get recruited.”

Bennett, a 2016 Rocky Mountain grad, was a 5A first-team All-Idaho selection in 2015 after leading the Grizzlies to a state title. He had offers from Nebraska and Iowa coming out of high school but did not qualify for those schools academically, so he spent last year at Arizona Western.

Bennett helped lead the Matadors to the junior college national championship game in December, earning second-team all-conference honors. He’ll finish his career at Arizona Western this fall before enrolling at Idaho State with three years to use his remaining two years of eligibility.

Bennett said the Bengals plan to move him to right guard.

“I didn’t really consider any other school but ISU because I’m from Idaho,” he said. “I’m going to be committed to them unless I get a dream offer.”

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