Highly regarded QB Jake Bentley (6-4 205), currently of Opelika, AL, Thursday morning announced a commitment to USC where he will join his father who is the running backs coach for the Gamecocks. Bentley, who could end up playing his senior season at Dutch Fork High School, chose the Gamecocks over LSU, Alabama and Miami. He also strongly considered Stanford until the Cardinal got their own 2017 commitment.
“Thank you to every coach that has recruited me and invested their time to build a relationship with me,” Bentley wrote on his Twitter page. “After many prayers and talks with my family, I have decided that I am coming back home and committing to the University of South Carolina. I am ready to be a part of the new era of Gamecock football.”
USC coach Will Muschamp offered Bentley in December, the first quarterback he offered after taking the job, and he personally recruited him making sure his father’s presence on his staff was not an influence one way or another. Bentley said then he appreciated the opportunity and Thursday added that it’s a perfect opportunity for him.
“Just excited that I can come back home to the place I grew up watching, and excited to be a Gamecock,” Bentley said. “It’s going to be a unique situation. It wasn’t the reason why I committed but it’s going to be fun. And I feel like I fit great into their offense, I’ve run many plays that Coach Roper is running now.”
Bentley grew up in Duncan while his dad was coaching at Byrnes High School and later at Presbyterian College. The family moved to Auburn in 2014 when Bobby Bentley joined Gus Malzahn’s staff.
Last season Bentley passed for 2834 yards and 28 touchdowns. He was a finalist in the Elite 11 regional competition in Atlanta last Sunday.
Bentley is one of two quarterbacks Will Muschamp plans to take in this class and he’s the 7th commitment for the Gamecocks’ 2017 group. He will be a December graduate and plans to enroll at USC in January.