BIG Tackle Interested in K-State

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Katy Texas churns out DI talent year in and year out and there is none bigger possibly than right tackle Caleb Benenoch. One of the top players on his Seven Lakes HS team, the 'Cats are picking up steam with the standout O-lineman.

Caleb Benenoch helped Seven Lakes High School in Katy, Texas to the winning season in school history in 2011. The 6-foot-6, 320-pound right tackle was named Second Team All-District (19-5A). District 19-5A, compiled of Houston area schools, is often considered one of the toughest districts in the state of Texas.

"It was a good junior season," said Caleb Benenoch. "I didn't allow a sack all year against great competition. I went up against players like Danielle Hunter who signed with LSU. We went 6-4, and missed the playoffs by two points to Morton Ranch."

Benenoch has received two offers in the past week and has heard from quite a few other big-name Division 1 programs.

"Last Monday, Coach Heard from Ole Miss called me with an offer," Benenoch said. "Then on Sunday, I received an offer from Kansas State from Coach Dimel. I'm expecting to receive a Nebraska offer, possibly this week. Arkansas has been trying to get me up there. Coach Klenakis said he loves my tape. I've also heard from Oklahoma and Stanford."

Although Benenoch has yet to make a trip to Manhattan, he likes what he saw from the Wildcats this season and what Coach Dimel had to say.

"This year they did some big things," Benenoch said of Kansas State. "They went to the Cotton Bowl, beat Texas, and I think they were ranked as high as No. 7 at one point.

"They had a great year, and their quarterback was phenomenal. Coach Dimel was talking to me about their depth at tackle. He thought I could come in and contribute right away. I'd have to say they're at the top for me right now."

The Seven Lakes coaching staff named Benenoch MVP for the 2011 season. Benenoch has lived in the weight room since the season ended lifting and squatting and also trying to improve his 40-time of 5.25.

"My footwork and my quickness were my two weaknesses coming into the season," Benenoch said. "I could feel I improved on both of them. My strengths have always been run blocking and playing physical ball. I like to get pancakes. Right now, I'm trying to get stronger and get my 40 down to a five flat (5.0)."

Benenoch has played in four different styles of offense at Seven Lakes. He said he prefers the Power-I and hopes to find a similar offense to play in at the college level. Benenoch wears jersey No. 79 for the Spartans. Their head coach, Kevin O'Keefe, stepped down due to illness after the season and will be replaced by Lydell Wilson in 2012.

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