LB LaVonta Bentley (6-2 220) of Birmingham said earlier in the week he was strongly considering committing to Clemson at Friday night’s All-In Cookout. It didn’t take long for him to do just that announcing his pledge just minutes after the event began.
“It was great being around the coaches and players and I had fun,” Bentley said. “It was great being around all of those guys. The best part of it, I would say, was having my whole family there enjoying themselves.”
Bentley visited Clemson in March and and from that point the Tigers held the upper hand. Alabama, Auburn, Florida and LSU were some others he looked at but no one could overcome Clemson’s advantage.
Bentley returned to Clemson in June and it was on that visit he met with the school president. It was that kind of attention and the consistent recruiting effort of Dabo Swinney, Brent Venables and Todd Bates that won the day for Clemson.
“They were showing me the most love,” he said. “I would say in the beginning of June they were still leading, and we kept waiting on Miami, my favorite team, and Alabama to show me some love. But that never happened. I just knew all along that Clemson was the place for me. I also love the family feel at Clemson.”
Bentley also examined the Clemson roster closely and what he saw was an opening at linebacker for some early playing opportunities.
“They have four linebackers leaving after this year and three the next year and then it will be my turn to step up,” he said. “Coach Venables is always hitting me up and telling me I am at the top of their linebacker board.”
Bentley is the fourth linebacker commitment and the 19th commitment overall for Clemson’s 2019 class.