California’s Moorpark High School gave the BYU Cougars tight end Dennis Pitta, who just finished his sixth year with the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens. Moorpark High School has another talented tight end who just received a BYU scholarship offer.
“I had been talking to Coach Empey on twitter for about a month or two,” said Bentley Hanshaw. “My dad [Tim Hanshaw] also played football at BYU, so my dad played with him in the early 1990’s. He also played with Ty Detmer. It’s just crazy that I got that offer from BYU.”
When Hanshaw was first informed that he had received a BYU offer, he was ecstatic. Ever since he was a young boy, Hanshaw has followed and cheered for BYU.
“Growing up as a kid and thinking now that I have that offer from BYU, and also working so hard, it’s really an exciting and serial moment for me when I think about it,” said Hanshaw. “BYU is a school that I’ve followed since I was a kid. Now having that offer is just exciting for me.”
His father Tim Hanshaw played offensive guard at BYU in late 1980’s and early 1990’s prior to being the first offensive lineman drafted in the fourth round to the 49ers in 1995. He blocked for former BYU legend Steve Young.
Although Tim’s son, Bentley, plays on the line of scrimmage he does so as a tight end. He’s also talented enough to flex out at the Y-position and catch passes unattached from the offensive line.
“I play tight end and the offer it makes me feel great, especially knowing that the tight end is a position that they’re going to use a lot at BYU,” Hanshaw said. “It puts me in a good position at the next level. For my size I’m really fast and I don’t drop any balls. I also run really good routes. I was used in the spread a lot as like a receiver, which was an easier way to get me the ball.”
A junior, Bentley is a member of the 2017 recruiting class. He also made it up to BYU for Junior Day last weekend and took in the spring game while on campus.
“I talked to Coach Empey when I was there and spoke to Ty Detmer while I was there,” Hanshaw said. “I saw the Blue and White game. It was cool being out there.