junior quarterback Jack
has been generating a great deal of talk about his
tremendous upside at the next level. With that being said, Coach Kirk
Ferentz should feel very lucky that his Iowa Hawkeyes
down this rising star for their 2015 recruiting class.
Jack first starting turning the
heads of college scouts during his sophomore season when he led a
team that was 1-8 during his freshman year to an 11-2 season and
appearance in the Class 7A semifinals. This season, his junior year,
it looked as if Beneventi was going to lead them to another special
year after the team started 6-0, however, three straight losses to
end the regular season led them to a first round playoff matchup
against powerhouse Mount Carmel. The Caravans easily dispatched the
Redwings 49-6, but it wasn't due to a lack of skill under center.
6'6” 190 LB quarterback had a great season and a lot of D-1 schools took notice. During the year he received offers from Notre Dame
, and Western Michigan
. However, the one
offer that really interested him was when Coach Ferentz
called him up and offered him a scholarship to play for Iowa.
Beneventi had taken official visits to the other schools but, as he
told Rivals.com, he just seemed to fall in love with Iowa's campus
and the environment around Kinnick Stadium.
was a very difficult decision to make between Illinois and Iowa
because I liked both of my visits and felt very comfortable at both
places,” Beneventi said. “However, I just knew that Iowa was the
school for me. The campus was awesome and seemed like a great fit.”
Hawkeyes received a verbal commitment from the Benet QB on December
could not be more excited to have him. Beneventi should be a great
talent to have to fit their pro-style offensive attack.
a pro-style quarterback, Iowa is a dream offense to play in,”
Beneventi told Rivals.com. “Coach Ferentz has been there for so
long and he's really established a great program around that style of
offense which I like.”
Beneventi has tons of raw talent
and should see the field early on in his college career. But first he
will focus on his senior season and improving his game for the next
Iowa just put together a
resurgence of a season in 2013 with an 8-5 record and Beneventi hopes
to help bring back the success the program endured in the early part
of the millennium. While we fully believe Beneventi has the potential
to do so, those days are still far down the road. For now, we will be
selfish with our hometown star and look forward to seeing him play on
Friday nights in Illinois for what should be one more special season.