Hawkeyes land Illinois QB for 2015 class

Beneventi, 6-6 pro-style QB, picks Iowa over Illinois

Marc Morehouse
Published: December 5 2013 | 7:47 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 12:32 am in
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Via his Twitter account, Illinois prep quarterback Jack Beneventi announced Thursday night that he plans to attend the University of Iowa.

The 6-6, 190-pounder just finished his junior season at Benet Academy in Lisle, Ill. Beneventi, of Glen Ellyn, Ill., is Iowa's second commitment for the 2015 recruiting class. He joins West Lyon offensive lineman Jake Newborg.

Beneventi picked Iowa over Illinois. He also had scholarship offers from Notre Dame and Louisville. Iowa offensive line coach Brian Ferentz is listed as Beneventi's recruiter by Rivals.com. Beneventi does not yet have a rating from Rivals. ESPN has Beneventi ranked No. 260 in the 2015 class.

Of course, Beneventi won't officially become a Hawkeye until he signs his letter of intent in February 2015.

Iowa is still looking for a QB in its 2014 class. Coach Kirk Ferentz has said in the past he likes the Hawkeyes to have a QB in every class. This recruiting season, it could be down to Tyler Wiegers, a Michigan native who attends Detroit Country Day High School. Wiegers de-committed from Rutgers and has visited Iowa. He is scheduled to visit Penn and has said he will decide in mid- to late-December.

The 2014 class also includes Jay Scheel, who helped guide LaPorte City Union High School to a state title as a junior. Scheel is listed as a QB, but will likely play wide receiver at Iowa.

Recruiting has reached the hyper-speed stage. Iowa has two for 2015 and has offered offensive linemen Levi and Landan Paulson, 6-6 twins who just completed their junior seasons at Woodbury Central.

As a sophomore, Beneventi passed for 2,388 yards and 20 TDs while leading Benet to 11 wins. Last season, Benet Academy finished 6-4 with Beneventi completing 134 of 246 for 1,482 yards and seven touchdowns.

"I know that I want to play in a pro style offense that throws the ball and that's what Iowa runs," Beneventi told HawkeyeReport.com when Iowa offered last spring. "They have also done well with taller quarterbacks, like Ricky Stanzi, and that is something I will take into account when I am looking at a school. I know I wouldn't fit in certain types of offense."

Also, Iowa Western defensive end Trevon Young was offered by the Hawkeyes this week. Young, who had 20 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks this fall at Iowa Western, committed to the Hawkeyes for the 2013 class, but legal issues ended his recruitment. Young also has offers from Arkansas, Louisville and Ole Miss. Young told HawkeyeReport.com that he will transfer for the spring semester and is looking to visit Ole Miss and Louisville.

Jacob Newborg, OL/DL, 6-4, 271, West Lyon High School (Inwood)

Jack Beneventi, QB, 6-6, 190, Benet Academy (Lisle, Ill.)

(Not yet ranked by Rivals.com)


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