Monday, October 8, 2012
Time possible factor for Caleb Benenoch
By Sam Khan Jr.
Texas A&M has already done quite a bit of work in its 2013 class, scoring 28 commitments. With several targets and just a handful of spots remaining, time can be a factor as the Aggies look to close out their class.
Caleb Benenoch is planning more visits before he makes a decision.
For one of their remaining 2013 targets, Katy (Texas) Seven Lakes offensive guard Caleb Benenoch, time might play a role in how things play out. After his most recent game, a 33-23 win over Katy (Texas) Taylor on Thursday, Benenoch reiterated that he wanted to take official visits to each of his top five schools -- Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M and UCLA -- before making a final decision.
"I'm going to try to take an official to all of those schools at some point in time, because I'm not going to be able to visit UCLA until November, because of the way the season is," Benenoch said. "I'm going to try to take an official to Baylor, one to Texas and one to Texas A&M with my parents."
Benenoch already took an official visit to Oklahoma and has taken unofficial visits to each of his schools. The most recent unofficial, which took place on Saturday, was to Texas to watch the Longhorns take on West Virginia. Benenoch came away impressed enough to call Texas his top school at this point.
"I think Texas is my No. 1 school,” Benenoch told HornsNation's Max Olson. "I had so much fun getting to see everything and be with all those guys again and all the cool things that come with it."
If A&M is going to remain a factor, time will play a role. Benenoch said that the Aggies would like to know his intentions before too long.
"They way it works is, A&M is a little different," Benenoch said. "They're almost done with recruiting so their schedule is a little bit [accelerated]. They're almost done with recruiting so they want to get me up there sooner so we can try and work something out.
"We'll see how the recruiting process works at A&M, because I've talked with [offensive line] coach [B.J.] Anderson a lot and they really want something done sooner rather than later. But I don't know if that's going to be possible so we'll see how that works out."
On Thursday, before he took his unofficial to Texas, Benenoch called his previous unofficial visit to Austin (for a camp in the summer) one of his best visits. Saturday seemed to only bolster his positive feelings about the Longhorns.
"Every time I go to UT, it’s harder and harder to come back without committing while I’m there," he told Olson. "I’m a big fan and I love the program and everything about it."
He said Thursday he intends to take officials to Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M and UCLA. Because of his high school schedule, his UCLA visit won't come until November, and he wants a chance to check out the Bruins before making a final decision.
"UCLA is a school that I'm highly interested," Benenoch said. "They have a good offense and a good offensive line coach [Adrian Klemm] that I've talked to a lot. He's a young guy about  years old. He went through the recruiting process that I'm going through. He went through to the NFL ... so everything I aspire to be, I can learn from him as a coach. He's a player's coach, so that's real cool. I talked to Simon Goines, he's a freshman tackle over there. Everybody over there, they hype up Westwood so much, so I really want to go check it out."