Island Coast quarterback Kurt Benkert is a fast rising prospect out of Ft. Myers. The 6'3, 195 pound prospect moved back to Florida before his junior season and had an outstanding year finishing with 3,100 yards, 30 touchdowns, with seven picks last season. He also rushed for 200 yards while adding 4 more scores.
"I've been playing quarterback since I was four years old," said Benkert. "I'm a pro style QB and am a pocket passer. My best assets are my footwork and being able to drive the ball downfield."
On Monday Benkert took a trip to visit USF with his teammate and got some news.
"I just got back from USF and they offered me a scholarship," said Benkert. "It was a great experience and I'm very happy to get it from them."
Benkert was meeting with Coach Holtz for about and hour and a half when he found out about the offer.
"We were talking and going over the depth charts and everything about USF and he told me about the offer, and the offensive coordinator Todd Fitch confirmed it," said Benkert. It was really exciting and I couldn't stop smiling when they told me."
"I really like the coaching staff, they're really laid back and down to earth and that's something I was looking for," said Benkert. "They don't just tell you what you want to here and were very straight forward. They seem like they really want m too."
The Island Coast quarterback talked about what h thought of the USF football program.
"I feel that they're on the up and up ands are going to be very good and competitive the next few years," said Benkert. "I also think they should be able to take the Big East real soon."
The Bulls might have been the first to offer but Benkert said other schools are showing interest in him.
"I've been talking with FSU and they told my coach that they were going to offer me when I get up there," said Bernkert. "I've also been talking with Notre Dame, Miami, Florida, Purdue, Syracuse, Iowa, Illinois and a few others. USF was my first official offer, but FSU told my Coach they were going to offer me before USF did."
It may be early in the process but Benkert already has a short list of favorites.
"My favorite right now is Florida because that's who I grew up as a fan of, but I'm really interested in FSU, Miami and I like the SEC schools, but I'm keeping my options open," said Benkert. "USF is up there and it's not just because thy offered me, but all the behind the scenes stuff that I found out during my visit. It was a lot better then I expected it to be."
There were a few things that Benkert found out about USF during his visit to Tampa that caught his attention.
"It was very professional and I liked how upbeat and excited the players were about being there, and how ready to go to work they were," said Benkert. "I also really liked the facilities, they were very nice and brand new, and that was a plus too."
Benkert said that he plans on going to a few spring practices including USF, FSU and Miami and being busy this spring and summer with visits and combines.
"I'm going to Florida State next weekend for sure," said Benkert. "I'm also going to the NUC combine in March. Then I may try to go to Notre Dame and this summer I plan on going to Tennessee, Georgia,, Clemson and then out to California to see Stanford, UCLA, and Cal."
"The whole process is really exciting especially since it's just starting," said Benkert. "I'm really enjoying it."