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Benet QB Jack Beneventi talks about his commitment to Iowa

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Published: 02/14/2014

Benet junior quarterback Jack Beneventi 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 have locked 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.

The 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 DameIllinoisLouisville, 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.

“It 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.”

The Hawkeyes received a verbal commitment from the Benet QB on December 5th and could not be more excited to have him. Beneventi should be a great talent to have to fit their pro-style offensive attack.

“For 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 level.

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.