Benenoch Headed West

The #9-ranked offensive guard in the nation, Caleb Benenoch from Katy, Texas, talks about his commitment to UCLA...

According to Katy (Texas) Seven Lakes offensive lineman Caleb Benenoch, his decision on where he would attend school and play college football came down to one question.

"I asked myself if football was not part of the decision, where would I want to be for the next four to five years? That's what it came down to," Benenoch said.

Based on the results, Los Angeles is where he wants to reside instead of Waco, Texas.

At his high school commitment ceremony Monday morning, Benenoch chose UCLA over Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M and Oklahoma, though it had dwindled to Baylor-UCLA in the final weeks..

Another factor at play here was the idea of building towards something, as the 6-foot-6, 320-pound Benenoch mentioned.

"The vibe I got from everyone down there [at UCLA] was great. I have bought into what is going on there," Benenoch said. "I like what UCLA is doing now and what they are planning to do."

In addition, Benenoch, who had initially committed to Michigan State early in the process. said that he fit right in with the system. He stated that the Bruins coaches want him at the guard position.

"It's the spread system, but there is still some opportunity to do some downhill blocking. I like to get physical," Benenoch said. 

Now with the decision out of the way, Benenoch said that he will continue to work to get better and get ready for the next time he will put on pads, which will be for the Offense-Defense Bowl in Houston. 

"It feels good to get this out of the way. I'm ready to take that next step in my life," Benenoch said.

Ahmard Vital is responsible for Midlands Recruiting, mainly covering prospects in the state of Texas. He joined in 2005 and is the author of the newly released book, Awaken the Baller Within.
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