Katy (Tex.) Seven Lakes offensive lineman Caleb Benenoch was offered by UCLA last week, and that offer has rocketed the Bruins into the four star prospect's group of leaders.
"Right now, the schools that are leading for me are Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Baylor, and UCLA," Benenoch said. "UCLA actually just started talking to me and offered me last week."
What is especially enticing about the Bruins is the opportunity to play early, which is something that the coaching staff has been selling Benenoch on.
"(UCLA OL) Coach (Adrian) Klemm has been talking to me about the chance to play early," Benenoch said. "I watched the Nebraska game, and it was cool watching three freshman offensive linemen play. They've told me that there's going to be an opportunity to play early, and that I could potentially start at either left guard or right guard, which is something that excites me, just the ability to get out on the field and play early."
At 6'6, 317 pounds, Benenoch is a load, and says he can play either guard or tackle, and that he doesn't have a particular preference.
It may be a difficult proposition for UCLA to pry Benenoch out of Texas, as there is some family pressure to keep him close to him.
"My mom and my brother don't want me to go too far for school," Benenoch said. "They want to be able to see me play in college, and come to my games."
What also may play a factor in keeping him close to home is the allure of playing Texas football.
"For the Texas schools, it's just a matter of staying close to home, family and friends," Benenoch said. "I was at a Texas A&M game, and it just made me realize again how Texas is the best football state in the country. It's just a whole different thing in Texas, and that aspect of it also makes me interested in the more local schools."
Still, location doesn't seem like it's going to be the primary factor in Benenoch's recruitment. He plans to take a visit out to UCLA at some point in the fall, but his current schedule won't allow him to make a visit during the season.
"The one weekend I'm free, UCLA is playing up at Cal, and I don't have any other free time until my season is over," Benenoch said. "But as soon as it's over, I plan on taking a visit to UCLA."
With that plan in mind, Benenoch said that he would not make a decision on a school until after his season.
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