Hawkeyes Back Away from Beneventi

Jack Beneventi celebrated last Christmas with a present to himself - a verbal commitment to Iowa. After being pledged to the Big Ten school for more than a year, the Chicago signal caller learned last week that the Hawkeyes no longer wanted him.

Jack Beneventi committed to Iowa a year ago. The Chicago quarterback learned a week ago that he was no longer wanted by the Big Ten program.

"Coach Brian Ferentz came in for a visit last Monday (Dec. 1). I'm not taking (an official visit). Iowa is not interested anymore," Beneventi said. "Basically yes (Iowa pulled his scholarship offer). They are pressuring me more along the lines of not going to Iowa. Yes, saying I'm uncommitted would be the appropriate way to classify it."

The 6-foot-6, 200-pound Beneventi verbally pledged to the Hawkeyes on Dec. 5, 2013. The Fenwick High (Oak Park, IL) product was the second member of the 2015 class to commit to Iowa after Jake Newborg jumped on board in August of last year.

"I was definitely shocked but I would say I feel more disappointed than betrayed," Beneventi said.

Through the process, Notre Dame and Louisville had offered Beneventi scholarships. He felt at home at Iowa, he said, and helped recruit other players in his class.

"I'm currently exploring other opportunities," he said.

After receiving Beneventi's commitment, Iowa offered scholarships to and received pledges from in-state '15 quarterbacks Drew Cook and Ryan Boyle. It put the program in an unusual place of having three scholarship signal callers in one class.

The Hawkeyes signed quarterback Tyler Wiegers in the '14 cycle and have a verbal pledge from '16 Wisconsin's Nate Stanley.

Beneventi talked about listening to other programs after the Iowa staff offered and received commitments from Cook and Boyle. He had believed when he committed that he would the only quarterback in the Hawkeyes' '15 class. He never took any visits to other schools.

"(Brian Ferentz) personally came to the school, which was respectful," Beneventi said. "He just told me where they were at with me. I was shocked."

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