Wednesday, June 20, 2012
OT Caleb Benenoch talks Sooners interest
By Bob Przybylo
It’s not that offensive lineman Caleb Benenoch (Katy, Texas/Seven Lakes) isn’t appreciative of all the recent attention and offers.
He is, make no mistake about it. But there’s a part of him, a small part, that is wondering where this attention was in January and February?
What changed in June to make powerhouses such as Oklahoma and Texas start to not only take notice but to make offers?
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“There is a little bit of that resentment only because of what it forced me to have to do last week,” Benenoch said.
Benenoch, who is 6-foot-6 and 321 pounds, de-committed from Michigan State after giving his verbal commitment to the Spartans since mid-March. That phone call is the only negative to Benenoch’s wild ride in the last couple of months. But it was a big one, something he called similar to breaking up with a girlfriend.
The Spartans staff was supportive and said they weren’t going to back off in recruiting the four-star prospect. Benenoch also didn’t give any indication the Spartans have fallen out of his favor, either. He simply wants to let the recruiting game play itself out.
This time around, however, Michigan State has a whole lot of company it didn’t have to compete with before. The Sooners and Longhorns are leading the charge, and the two schools offered Benenoch within 48 hours of each other last week.
“I grew up a Longhorn fan. I didn’t root for OU because I was all about Texas. I can see why people think I’m going to Texas because that is the dream for most kids in Texas,” Benenoch said. “But at Oklahoma, they have had a lot of success with sending tackles to the NFL so I cannot ignore that.”
Benenoch is ranked No. 19 at guard, but that’s not the position the OU coaches see him playing. The interior line is not high on its priorities. Tackle, though, might be the biggest need for the Sooners in 2013.
Benenoch said OU offensive guards coach James Patton has been recruiting him since January, but last week Benenoch had a chance to interact more with tackles coach Bruce Kittle.
“I really like how [the Sooners] handle their offensive talent,” Benenoch said. “I like their offensive style, too. I think I would fit in real nice.”
Benenoch tweeted last week about this summer changing his life and included the phrase “Boomer Sooner.” After cheering for Texas for so long, he has come around to what life might be at OU.
He feels he might have rushed his initial commitment so now Benenoch is going to take his time and weigh all his options.
Benenoch didn’t get to spend much time at OU’s satellite camp last week in Houston, but he didn’t need to be there long. The Sooners had been eyeing him for a while, and the camp was more about getting some personal interaction with the coaches as it was about performing.
He is not sure what helped get his name out there, but he knows which program started the chain reaction – Auburn.
“After Auburn talked to me and offered, everything picked up. It has been a crazy couple of months,” Benenoch said. “I know I didn’t change the way I play, but I’m not complaining, either.”