Bentley Has Big Day At Auburn QB Camp

2017 prospect Jake Bentley was one of the top players at Auburn's QB Camp on Tuesday.

Auburn, Ala.--Offered last summer by the Auburn Tigers following an impressive performance at a team camp, Jake Bentley was just heading into his ninth grade season at Byrnes High School in South Carolina. Now at Opelika High School after his dad Bobby Bentley accepted a position on the Auburn staff, Bentley is adjusting to his new environment but it hasn't hurt his ability to throw the football at all.

Injuring his knee last season, Bentley is now back to full strength and that was on display Tuesday at Auburn's Quarterback Camp. Winning the long throw for 2017 quarterbacks with a heave of 56 yards, Bentley also won the two-minute competition at the completion of the camp. All in all it was a strong day he said.

"It was just good to get out there and compete with everybody," Bentley said. "I got to meet new guys. I have been through it before so it wasn't anything too different, but it was good to get out there and compete."

In addition to Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee and Bentley's dad Bobby, campers had the opportunity to learn from former Tigers such as Stan White, Ben Leard and Chris Todd. That was something he said was big for him because it was another opportunity to pick the brain of someone who has been there.

"It was great," Bentley said. "Coach Lashlee talked about it in our meetings that we should learn from people who have been there before you. It was about just coming out and soaking in what all they had to say to you."

Jake Bentley

Making the move to Opelika where senior Matthew Christian is the returning starter for the Bulldogs, Bentley said so far the adjustment has been a smooth one for him. With a team loaded with talent and expected to make a run at the 6A title once again, he said that his role this season is to do whatever it takes the help the team win.

"It's going pretty good," Bentley said. "I'm excited to be down here and excited to finally get going. It has been a long time talking about coming down.

"It's going to be fun to come in and play with Matthew," he added. "Obviously he has been starting for three years. I'm going to get in there and do whatever I can to help the team."

Currently with offers from Auburn and Appalachian State, Bentley said he's already loving getting an inside look at the Tigers because of his father being on the staff. While he's got a long way to go until he makes a decision, there's no doubt Auburn is going to be on his mind and Coach Gus Malzahn and Lashlee are two of the big reasons why.

"It's real exciting," Bentley said. "He was real excited to come down. I'm glad I finally got here with him. Just getting in here and seeing the guys working out is awesome, just getting to be up close to everybody. You see them on TV and whatever, but to actually meet them and see how hard they work is nice.

"They are great guys," he added. "My dad loves working with them. It's fun to get to meet them and hang out with them for a while."

Camp Notes

One of the most impressive players physically at the camp was 2015 prospect Jakobi Meyers from Arabia Mountain High in Georgia. Despite being just 6-0, 175, Meyers had the longest throw of the day in competition with a heave of 72 yards. Showing good feet and the ability to make all the throws, it won't be surprising to see him become a wanted man as it gets closer to signing day.

Jakobi Meyers

Another player in that boat is 6-1, 200 Chris Weaver from Saraland. Southern Miss is already showing interest and there could be more where that comes from if he has a big senior year. A solid passer with good size, Weaver held his own with the best of the best on Tuesday and should be fun to watch this fall.

Chris Weaver


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