Thursday, October 11, 2012
Timing takes Aggies out of Benenoch race
By Sam Khan Jr.
Katy (Texas) Seven Lakes offensive lineman Caleb Benenoch felt good about Texas A&M. The Aggies were the first Texas program to offer the four-star prospect and they were in his top five when he narrowed down his list of schools.
But for now, it appears the Aggies won't be in the mix when Benenoch decides where he's going.
Caleb Benenoch has a top four of Texas, Oklahoma, Baylor and UCLA.
The 6-foot-6, 321-pound recruit, who had a final five of Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M and UCLA, said that the timing won't match up for the Aggies to be in the mix when it's decision time for him. Benenoch told RecruitingNation last week that timing could be a concern because he wants to wait to make a decision after he takes an official visit to UCLA.
He plans to visit UCLA in late November, and he said from what he has been told the Aggies can't wait quite that long.
"It basically came down to that they wanted to close down their 2013 class and I wasn't ready to make the commitment," Benenoch said. "They've been real nice to me, I've had a great time getting recruited by them and getting to see what they had to offer. They felt like they needed to close out and get started on the 2014 class and they couldn't wait until late November, early December. I was planning on making my announcement after the UCLA trip. So they told me they don't think they can wait."
Benenoch said that the Aggies didn't necessarily come out and tell him that they weren't recruiting him any longer, but contact has recently waned. That leaves Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas and UCLA as his final four at the moment.
"As of right now, I haven't talked to [offensive line] coach [B.J.] Anderson in a little over a week and I don't see it working out because our timetables aren't going in the same direction," Benenoch said. "It's the business side of recruiting. They have 28 guys committed already, they're trying to wrap it up, so I understand."
Benenoch said that he appreciated that Anderson was honest with him about the situation. He also didn't completely rule the Aggies out if he had a change of heart that affected his timing.
"They were up front with me about it and if I was going to be a part of it, great, but if I wasn't, they needed to move on and find the next guy," he said. "It's touch and go. I decided I wasn't going to make a decision until after UCLA. So if something were to happen that pushed my decision to earlier, maybe A&M comes back in the picture, but from what I've heard from coach Anderson and the way the conversation has gone the past couple of times we've talked to each other, it doesn't look like our timetables are going to meet up."
On Saturday, Benenoch took an unofficial visit to Texas for the Longhorns' game against West Virginia and told HornsNation that the Longhorns are his leader. He also wants to visit UCLA because of his conversations and relationship with the Bruins' offensive line coach, Adrian Klemm.
As for the Aggies, Benenoch said, "There are no hard feelings, not from me at least.
"Those are great people. They were the first Texas school to offer me a scholarship, early in spring ball, A&M came in and then [Houston]. So no hard feelings at all. I wish it could have worked out differently, to where they could have been there all the way to the end, but you know, that's just the way things go."