[UPDATE: Jack Beneventi Committed to Iowa Over Illinois]
The Illinois Fighting Illini football team might be done playing actual games this season, but recruiting season is in full swing. Tonight, at 7 pm, a 4 Star Quarterback is going to make his college decision public on Twitter.
I will be committing tomorrow and will announce via twitter 7pm (cst). Thank you to all who have supported me along the way.
— Jack Beneventi (@JackBeneventi13) December 5, 2013
Benet Academy’s 6’6” on field leader, Jack Beneventi, is expected to make his college decision, and the expected leaders for his services are Illinois and Iowa. According to espn.com and 247sports.com, Beneventi has offers from Louisville, Notre Dame, Western Michigan, and UMASS in addition to Illinois and Iowa.
The lead recruiter for Illinois is Offensive Coordinator Bill Cubit. Honestly, there is no one better suited to sell his offense, than the man himself.
You can watch Beneventi’s Sophomore & Junior Season Hudl Highlight Video here.
Beneventi’s film shows a QB that can make all the throws, and he also displayed some ability to escape the pass rush and pick up a first down with his legs. You can’t call him dual threat by any means, but he will rush if the opportunity presents itself, and he can also make solid throws while on the move. He also showed a willingness to stand in and deliver the ball on time despite taking a healthy shot from a defender upon the release.
Now for the one obvious negative I noticed while watching the film. I understand that the above film shows sophomore and junior highlights and it’s possible that he has developed, but one thing that Cubit will have to work with Beneventi on will be getting off his primary read on every play. Throughout the tape you see him stare down his first option before finally letting it fly, and while that may work against inferior high school opposition it certainly won’t work at the high major FBS level.
Luckily for Illinois, Beneventi should have the opportunity to learn how to correct this trait behind Wes Lunt before battling for the reigns with 2014 QB prospect Chayce Crouch once Lunt departs from the program.
No matter how you shake it, tonight’s decision is a big deal for Illinois Fighting Illini Football. A commitment from Beneventi would start the Class of 2015 off with a bang.
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