Moments ago around 7:00 p.m. CST, 2014 quarterback Jack Beneventi decided to give his commitment to the Iowa Hawkeyes over the Illinois Fighting Illini. Beneventi is currently a junior at Benet Academy in Lisle, Illinois.
— Jack Beneventi (@JackBeneventi13) December 6, 2013
The three main players in the young quarterbacks recruitment were Iowa, Illinois, and Notre Dame.
Many of the recruiting experts on the 247Sports Crystal Ball might see this commitment as a bit of a shocker because 64% of the experts had him giving his commitment to Tim Beckman and the Illini. Only 29% of the experts predicted the Hawkeyes.
Illini fans might look at this commitment by Beneventi with a puzzled look, but it’s understandable why Beneventi chose Iowa over Illinois.
Right now, the Illinois Fighting Illini have two quarterbacks in Wes Lunt and Aaron Bailey. Both of those two quarterbacks will have three years (four if one gets redshirted) with the Fighting Illini.
That means Lunt and Bailey would both be juniors when Beneventi would come to campus as a freshman. Illinois also has a committed quarterback from the Class of 2014.
Iowa might have five quarterbacks right now, but four of those QBs will be juniors when Jack arrives on Iowa’s campus to play.
Put that with the fact that Iowa currently has zero commitments from quarterbacks in the 2014 and 2015 recruiting classes, and one can see that Beneventi has a better chance of starting by his junior year at Iowa than he would at Illinois.
The four-star recruit is currently ranked 4th in the state of Illinois, 11th among pro-style quarterbacks, and 277th among 2015 high school recruits by 247Sports.
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