- Max Olson, ESPN Staff Writer
AUSTIN, Texas – Caleb Benenoch (Katy, Texas/Seven Lakes) has brought some bad luck with him on his visits this fall.
Of the four college games the four-star offensive lineman has taken visits to this season, the home team is 1-3. He has witnessed losses by Texas A&M, Oklahoma and now Texas.
On Saturday, though, a Longhorns win was the only thing that could’ve made Benenoch’s unofficial visit better.
“I had a lot of fun,” he said. “It was a blast getting to hang out with all the recruits and commits and watch a big game. I don’t know if that’s what DKR is like all the time, but that was terrific. It was a lot of fun. It was ridiculously loud and everybody was chanting the whole game.”
The 6-foot-6, 321-pound guard was impressed by the school-record crowd of 101,851 in attendance, and the trip reminded him of why he liked Texas so much when he first visited for a UT camp this summer.
“Every time I go to UT, it’s harder and harder to come back without committing while I’m there,” he said. “I’m a big fan and I love the program and everything about it.”
Texas was the undisputed leader for Benenoch’s pledge earlier this summer, but in recent weeks he’s said that no school is No. 1. Oklahoma, UCLA and others had closed the gap and were even with UT.
That gap widened a bit on Saturday.
“I think Texas is my No. 1 school,” Benenoch said. “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.
“I mean, we were on the sidelines during pregame and Matthew McConaughey was on the sidelines too. That’s what it’s like at Texas. It was cool. I had a lot of fun.”
Benenoch will take an official visit to UCLA after his senior season ends and likely won’t make a decision before taking that trip. Before then, though, he might take more unofficial visits to games if he can find the time.
“I might check out a couple games here and there,” Benenoch said. “I’ll be back for a Texas game, definitely. If I’m not playing, I’ll try to make it up for one.”