Bentley Impressive At AU Camp, Talks Tigers

Class of 2017 quarterback prospect Jake Bentley was impressive at Auburn's team camp and talks about the experience along with his thoughts on the Tigers.

Opelika, Ala.--Two summers ago Jake Bentley walked off the turf at Jordan-Hare Stadium a winner after leading the Byrnes High of South Carolina's B squad to a win over his brother and the A team from Byrnes. Now at Opelika High and heading into his junior season, Bentley and the Bulldogs didn’t win the title, but showed they will be a force to be reckoned with this fall and the 2017 QB is a big reason why.

Showing a strong arm and pinpoint accuracy, the 6-3, 215 Bentley was lights out for much of the day as Opelika advanced to the championship round before falling to Edgewood Academy in the quarterfinals. Even though he wasn’t happy with the outcome, Bentley said overall it was a day of improvement for his team.

“It’s great,” Bentley said. “We didn’t compete in our last game like we had been doing the rest of the day. It was great to come out the whole day and see what we’ve got. It’s always disappointing when you lose, but I think we learned a lot from the day.

“Just to come out and be with the guys is always great,” he added. “The more confidence I get in our receivers and the more confidence they get in me is what these days are for. It’s just great to come out and compete with those guys.”

In addition to his ability to make every throw, Bentley is also athletic enough to use his legs to make plays. With speed in the 4.7 range in the 40-yard dash, he can maneuver in the pocket and get a first down when needed. Because of that he's rated as the No. 8 quarterback prospect in the class of 2017.

Having the ability to make plays in the pocket and running the football is something he said he likes about Auburn and Gus Malzahn’s offense because of the different types of quarterbacks who have seen successful over the years.

“I love what they do on offense,” Bentley said. “The numbers they have put up have been great. They can change the offense, too ,with Coach (Ryan) Aplin and Jeremy (Johnson) and Nick (Marshall), they can change the offense and be successful.”

Jake Bentley turns one loose at Auburn.

Learning more about Auburn with his father Bobby Bentley on the staff as an analyst, he recently came back on campus to talk to Rhett Lashlee and the coaches even more. Sitting down to watch film and learn more about what the Tigers do, he said it just continued what has been a great bonding time with Auburn.

“It’s great to really establish a relationship with the coaches,” Bentley said. “When I come they always treat me like a recruit and not just a coach’s son and that’s great. That means a lot to me. It shows that I’m important to them and if my dad were to leave they would still recruit me. That’s big.”

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