- Damon Sayles, RecruitingNation
Since reopening his recruitment last month, four-star offensive guard Caleb Benenoch (Katy, Texas/Seven Lakes) has been enjoying the process on all angles. Part of his fun has been hearing from the already-committed players on a regular basis.
“I hear from Jake Raulerson a lot,” Benenoch said of the Celina, Texas, offensive lineman who has committed to Texas. “We’re pretty good friends and very good competitors. It’d be fun to be teammates with him. I’m probably going to let him know which school I’ll commit to before I announce it.
“It’s been a lot of fun. I like building relationships with the recruits that have already committed. They are going to be the guys you’re with the next four or five years.”
Since decommitting from Michigan State, Benenoch has had 2013 players from all over delivering their spiels about their colleges. On Sunday, Benenoch said he’s narrowed his choices to seven schools -- Texas, Northwestern, Stanford, Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Arkansas.
A 6-foot-6, 320-pound guard, Benenoch said he’s really high on Texas and Northwestern because of their football and academic traditions. He feels the same about Stanford, but he has yet to receive an offer from the Cardinal.
Baylor and Oklahoma are Big 12 programs that will give Benenoch a shot at early playing time. Choosing Texas A&M or Arkansas would give Benenoch a chance to play in the SEC. Academically, Benenoch -- who has a 3.3 grade-point average -- will look for a place that will allow him to study either political science or business, which will lead to an opportunity to attend law school.
Benenoch said he is looking to make his announcement immediately after Seven Lakes’ Sept. 28 homecoming game against in-town opponent Mayde Creek.
“What I’m looking for is a place that I can love, a place not just for the coaching staff or players but for the community,” Benenoch said. “If all of the coaches or players weren’t there, would I still want go to that school? That’ll be my deciding factor.”
Benenoch, the 19th-ranked guard in the country, will prepare for the 2012 season after competing in summer camps hosted by Texas, Oklahoma and Stanford.