The Black Knights think so highly of Bentler that they petioned the NCAA for another year of eligibility for him. The NCAA declined Army's request.
Of course, Bentler, a sophomore, was influenced by his brother, Fritz, coming to West Point. Fritz Bentler is a sophomore offensive lineman not listed on the three-deep depth chart. In fact, the Bentler's almost pulled off a West Point trifecta, but younger Matt recently verbally committed to Stanford University. Ted Bentler has always been been interested in the military. That's why he decided to read a book called Absolutely American: Four Years at West Point earlier this year.
The book changed Bentler's life. It isn't the main reason why Bentler chose West Point, but it played a pretty big part. Transfers are rare at West Point because the Academy doesn't generally accept credits from other institutions. As per NCAA rules, Bentler sat out last season, his freshman year at West Point.
Iowa and Iowa State offered Bentler full rides when he was a sophomore at Assumption High in Iowa. He chose Iowa, which is located about an hour away from the Bentler's home in Bettendorf. Bentler, who is 6-foot-2, 280 pounds, had four tackles as a red-shirt freshman for Iowa two years ago and was considered a fast-rising prospect after a strong showing this past spring. He's been listed second on Iowa's depth chart at defensive tackle and defensive end. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz moved him to the offensive line during the spring and Bentler ran with the second group.
But enough about Iowa. Bentler is ready to make a point at the Point. Of course, the real test comes when the season begins, but Bentler impressed during spring drills.
His teammates and coaches love his aggressiveness. Bentler is athletic, quick and plays with an infectious energy. An energy that makes players around him better.