Scholarship-caliber offensive linemen in Massachusetts routinely come from the most uncommon of places, in all shapes and sizes. Exhibit A comes tonight from Williamstown, where Mount Greylock senior offensive tackle Jake Benzinger gave a verbal commitment to Wake Forest University.
Howard Herman of The Berkshire Eagle broke the news tonight. According to Herman, Benzinger chose the Demon Deacons over Fordham, Harvard and Dartmouth.
At 6-foot-8 and a wiry 260 pounds, Benzinger is a raw prospect with a projectable frame. He also comes with pedigree; his father, John, was an All-Yankee Conference selection at offensive tackle for UMass back in 1986.
"Big is big," Greylock coach Sean Flaherty told the Eagle. "What [the Wake Forest coaches] felt was, seeing a kid who is 6-8 with nice footwork and the wingspan Jake has, is a little harder to find."
There's also a local connection in play with Benzinger's commitment. New Deacons head coach Dave Clawson graduated from Williams College, located in Williamstown, in 1989.
Benzinger becomes the 14th Bay State prospect from the Class of 2015 to commit to a Division 1 FBS program, and the ninth to commit to an Atlantic Coast Conference school. He's also the second prospect from the Western Mass. district to commit to an ACC school, joining Amherst athlete Taj-Amir Torres (Boston College).