Bentley Has Big Game In Ohio Stadium

Ohio State already has a commitment from Glenville, as De'Van Bogard will attend the university to play for the Buckeyes next year. But another Tarblooder, V'Angelo Bentley, hopes a big game in Ohio Stadium is enough to get his recruitment rolling.

Glenville head coach Ted Ginn Sr. used an analogy when talking about senior V'Angelo Bentley's performance in Ohio Stadium Monday afternoon as the Tarblooders took part in the Kirk Herbstreit National Kickoff Classic.

"I think what they say when you always go to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, is that ‘he made money today' when they perform well," Ginn Sr. said of Bentley. "Well, he showed that he is worthy of a look from anybody with today's performance."

Though Glenville lost its second consecutive game to kick off the season in a 23-14 defeat to Camden County (Ga.), Bentley put together a performance to remember in front of nearly 1,000 people in the Horseshoe.

Bentley scored the only two Tarblooder touchdowns, the first coming early in the first quarter on an 86-yard punt return before finding the end zone again later in the quarter on a 27-yard return on a fumble recovery.

Though Bentley hasn't received an offer from Ohio State, both he and Ginn Sr. are optimistic that his game in Ohio Stadium will open some eyes.

"They can see me give my all," Bentley said of his performance. "I am going to keep working, work hard for my team now, and for whichever school I chose. Whoever looks for me, they are going to see me trying hard."

Recruiting has been steady for Bentley, who has recently picked up a litter of offers from MAC schools Toledo, Akron, and Kent State to join other offers from Illinois, Pitt, and Air Force.

"Recruiting is going well. I have a couple offers," Bentley said. "I am still looking forward to it picking up, but I am happy with what I have. Just for those teams (I have) to give me the opportunity to play at their universities is just a great feeling."

While there's no telling whether Ohio State will come through with an offer, Bentley said he keeps in close contact with Buckeye cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson.

Ohio State already has a commitment from Bentley's teammate — safety prospect De'Van Bogard — but the 5-10, 182-pounder speedster hopes to continue to garner attention from the Buckeyes and other big schools.

Playing for the famous Ohio State pipeline at Glenville, Bentley said he is optimistic his recruiting will pick up as the season progresses. His performance in Glenville's second game certainly won't hurt his cause.

"Me and Coach Johnson talk. We have a good relationship," Bentley said. "We talk every month or three weeks. (An Ohio State offer) would mean a lot to me. It is a great program, a great city, and I have a couple prior teammates that are on the team. It would be great."

When Bentley gets on the phone with Johnson, the subject is typically the same.

"Me and Coach Johnson, we talk about grades," Bentley said. "He is a guy who is very focused on the grades. He is the guy behind the football, behind the uniform. That's what our conversations are basically about."

Bentley said he plans on taking an official visit to Pitt, but setting up other visits to programs and coming to an eventual decision will be a process he plans out with his parents.

For now, Bentley is focusing on his senior season as a Tarblooder while remaining thankful for the opportunities he already has.

"It was a disappointing feeling that we did get the loss, but (playing in Ohio Stadium) was the best of both worlds," Bentley said. "Coming to Glenville it is a plus because you know hard work and determination can get you a place like (Ohio State). It is a great feeling coming into that."

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