Jake Bentley, the second-ranked pocket passer in the ESPN Junior 300 and the No. 33-ranked player overall, verbally committed to South Carolina on Thursday morning. The 6-foot-4, 212-pound signal-caller from Opelika (Alabama) High School, chose the Gamecocks over Alabama, Miami, LSU and Stanford.
Bentley is the son of South Carolina's running backs coach Bobby Bentley and announced his decision to commit to South Carolina via a social media post he sent out on Twitter.
Go Cocks 🐔🐔 pic.twitter.com/5bdfgZOreM— Jake Bentley (@JakeBentley19) March 24, 2016
Despite his father being a coach for South Carolina, Bentley said in an interview with ESPN on Sunday, that he has been impressed with the way head coach Will Muschamp has handled his recruitment.
"Coach Muschamp and coach [Kurt] Roper have made it a point to not use him to recruit me," Bentley said of his father. "Dad, when he's with me he's dad. He wants what's best for me and my future. He actually went on the Alabama visit with me. He's dad first and wants what's best for me and wants me to be happy wherever I go."
The decision of how to recruit Bentley has now paid off for Muschamp and Roper. Lack of consistent quarterback play was the Achilles' heel of the Gators during Muschamp's time at Florida. Despite landing highly ranked prospects such as Jeff Driskel and Jacoby Brissett, both of which eventually transferred, the Gators never seemed to get into a rhythm offensively.
This time around, the new South Carolina coach is hoping things will turn out differently. The Gamecocks signed ESPN 300 quarterback Brandon McIlwain in January and now with the commitment of Bentley, Muschamp is hoping he has the right tools in place to build a consistent, productive offense.