The prep football players from different conferences in the Chicago area became friends on Twitter. The relationship has grown from there. Beneventi drove Garland to Iowa for its spring game on Saturday.
"We just became boys (close friends) over the weekend," Garland said. "Jack is a great guy. He will do big things for Iowa."
Beneventi, a junior quarterback at Benet Academy in Lisle, IL, verbally committed to the Hawkeyes in December. He's since helped recruit players to the Big Ten school.
Garland could end up following his friend to Iowa City.
"I would rate the iowa visit a 10 out of 10," he said. "I got to experience what it's like to be a Hawkeye. The fan support was awesome and I really took a lot away from the visit."
The 6-foot, 187-pound cornerback from Fenwick High in Oak Park, IL already reports scholarship offers from Bowling Green, Buffalo, Connecticut, Nevada, Northern Illinois, Toledo and Western Michigan. Garland said he will accept invitations to summer camps at Iowa and Michigan State in hopes of earning opportunities from those programs.
"I'm blessed with what schools have decided to recruit me. I believe my recruitment is heading in the right direction going in to summer. I want to make a decision in mid-June," he said.
Garland also visited Iowa in March. Saturday, he furthered the relationship with the Hawkeye staff.
"I spoke with coach (Kirk) Ferentz, Coach (Phil) Parker and Coach (Chris) Polizzi. They believe I am a great player and want to see me work live in camp. They want to see me compete with some top guys and have the chance to have Coach Parker coach me in person. Then, we'll go from there," he said.
Garland said he gets a similar feel from the Spartans, whom he also visited this spring.
"I feel good about where I stand with Michigan State. I have a good relationship with the staff and I'm going to go to camp and compete and see what happens," he said.
Garland still is considering college majors. Law, Criminal Justice and Business are areas that interest him, he said.