Beneventi Looking Around

Jack Beneventi verbally committed to Iowa in December. Some developments have the Illinois quarterback thinking about that decision. He's still a Hawkeye pledge but has decided to open his recruitment to other schools. He talks about it with us.

Iowa surprised some people two weeks ago when it offered West Des Moines Dowling Catholic Quarterback Ryan Boyle a scholarship. Jack Beneventi was among them.

The Illinois signal caller verbally committed to the Hawkeyes in December. Beneventi was not anticipating them offering another quarterback in the 2015 Class.

Programs normally award one scholarship at the position per recruiting cycle. The Hawkeyes are expected to boast four quarterbacks on scholarship this fall who retain two or more years of eligibility making it somewhat surprising that they'd be willing to add two more of them next year.

The Boyle offer got Beneventi thinking. As such, he's going to check out other schools.

"Once I committed, I ended my recruiting and was focused solely on Iowa," the 6-foot-6, 200-pound Beneventi said. "But after offering another quarterback and then changing to possibly taking two quarterbacks when originally it was planned for one, I've decided to open my process up again.

"I am still committed to Iowa. Me and coach Brian Ferentz talk almost every week and everything is good."

Louisville offered Beneventi a scholarship on Tuesday. He's also heard from Pittsburgh and planned to camp at Texas in June. ranks Beneventi as a four-star prospect. The service pegs the Benet Academy (Lisle, IL) standout as the No. 19 ranked player at his position nationally in '15.

"Originally, the plan was to take one (quarterback) a class," Beneventi said Iowa told him at the time he committed. "But as always, that can change. Me and Boyle are two different style quarterbacks, so that's understandable."

Beneventi would be classified as a pro-style quarterback while Boyle is a dual-threat.

"It's not a big deal to me," Beneventi said. "I love to compete and if there are two quarterbacks in the class, then it establishes competition, which is crucial."

Beneventi said he's shared all of his feelings with the Iowa coaches. They know he's speaking to other programs, he said.

"They are totally fine with it," Beneventi said. "We have a great relationship and I have established a great relationship with the recruits and guys committed (to the Hawkeyes). So, Coach (Kirk) Ferentz thinks it's good to visit and make sure the school is the right school."

Sometimes, when athletes say they're going to look around at other schools, it's a bridge to a quick de-commitment. That doesn't appear to be the case with Beneventi, at least not yet. He seems sincere in just wanting to confirm Iowa being the right place for him.

"I mean, I'll visit schools here and there," Beneventi said. "I really haven't thought about it too much because I've been focusing on finishing up school strong."

Beneventi plans to visit Iowa Sunday during its men's basketball game against Purdue. The school is holding a junior day for football recruits,

"I'll definitely be back to visit (Iowa) in the spring and I'll camp there in the summer," Beneventi said.

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