Steven Bench, Ladies and Gentlemen!
Home/HS: Camilla, GA/Cairo HS
Starz 'n Sheetz
Stars: 3* (247Sports, Rivals), 2* (Scout)
Offer sheet: Rice, FCS
Bench was another offer handed out on Ted Roof's tear through the south, and the Georgia gunslinger opted for Penn State over his former commitment to Rice today.
Bench was on campus last weekend with the other four recent commits (waiting on you, Wendy, to make a true six-peat). I'm pretty sure he is the man behind the now famous Beaver Stadium white out shot, so he's already won the hearts of Penn Staters.
After taking a couple of days to truly weigh his options, Bench made the call. Though with offers from Rice, FCS schools and Penn State, was there really much to think about? In Steven's mind there was, and that is highly commendable. He thought it out, weighed his options, and made the choice to become a Nittany Lion.
Watch the video above, and you can see that Bench has some legs to match a decent arm. He'll need to strengthen up that throwing arm if he wants to throw the long ball, but in the Bill O'Brien offense, as long as he can find Adam Breneman in the open seam across the middle, it's OK with me.
Like the rest of the recent commits, we don't know much about Bench. He's from a rural part of southern Georgia, so he may have suffered the same recruiting fate the New York prospects suffer (lack of exposure). There are reports he performed admirably at camps, but still only had the Rice offer from Division 1 schools.
Recent reports are relatively split on Bench. With the proper coaching and some growth, he could end up being just what the Bill O'Brien offense needs in a couple of years.
Finally, there is nothing out there (yet) to suggest that Bench's commitment is due in part to Skyler Mornhinweg's decommitment. Mornhinweg was in Florida last weekend and plans to visit Virginia Tech before next Wednesday's Signing Day. Stay tuned for more.
Welcome to Penn State, Steven.