Dec. 14, 2012
Courtesy of Paul Kennedy - Soccer America
Soccer America continues its series on the top college and youth prospects who should turn pro in 2013 with a look at Coastal Carolina's Ashton Bennett, who could be the first striker taken in the MLS SuperDraft. Bennett is latest in a long line of Jamaicans who have been lured to the United States in pursuit of their dreams of kicking football, as Jamaicans say. Like other MLS stars such as Damani Ralph, Dane Richards and Omar Cummings, Bennett's long road to stardom began in the JC ranks.
Bennett started out at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, the same school where Cummings, now with the Colorado Rapids, had played. After two seasons, Bennett transferred to Coastal Carolina, where he led the nation with 23 goals in 2011, drawing lots of interest from MLS clubs.
Bennett was tempted to leave early, but a promise to his late grandmother weighed heavily on him. He hails from the poor parish of Clarendon and had promised his grandmother he would become the first in his family to get a college degree. He discussed his situation with his family last winter, and they all encouraged him to stay for his senior year and get his education.
Read the complete Soccer America Daily article here: Bennett sticks to his word