Clemson is one of the three finalists for TE Christian Bentancur (6-5 240) of Woodstock, IL along with Ohio State and Oregon. On Friday, January 13th, Bentancur plans to hold an announcement ceremony at his school. His decision has been made and he’s already notified the coaching staff.
Bentancur took unofficial visits to all three finalists with the Clemson visit occurring November 12th, the middle visit of the three. He went to Ohio State in September and to Oregon the weekend after Clemson. Ohio State is closest to home but Bentancur said distance was not a factor in his decision.
“How far it is it really doesn’t affect where I’m going. I just want a place where it’s just going be a nice family relationship and trust between both me and the coaches and a good developmental program,” Bentancur said. “It really doesn’t matter where it is around the country but yeah Clemson, they made the top three list because they’re really family oriented. They show a lot of love and they’re obviously a great team with two great tight ends right now and it’s definitely fun to watch their offense play with their tight ends.”
Bentancur camped at Clemson last summer and that’s when he picked up his offer from tight ends coach Kyle Richardson. He followed that up with the visit for the Louisville game. Bentancur said it was hard to leave Clemson not liking his experiences.
“It was just like all the love they showed,” he said. “It really showed they’re interested and it wasn’t just like another offer that went out, because they really take their offer seriously. In Clemson, football is one of the only shows in town. There’s a lot of diehard fans out there that are ready to cheer them on all the time. It’s awesome. And the game obviously was really great. They went out there and clinched the ACC (Atlantic) Championship against Louisville, so that was great.”
As a junior Bentancur racked up 54 receptions for 1,058 yards and 11 receiving touchdowns. His sophomore season might have been even more impressive, as he caught 53 passes for 1,165 yards with 16 receiving touchdowns.