**** No. 9 Offensive Guard
Katy (Tex.) Seven Lakes
Committed to UCLA
Chosen over Texas, Oklahoma, Baylor
Recruiting Rewind: Early in the process, Benenoch made it clear that he had no problem leaving the Lone Star State. It was in March when Benenoch decided to commit to Michigan State. After that, there were a number of programs that started ramping up recruiting efforts to get him. By mid June, he decided to open things up and offers were pouring in on a daily basis. By fall, more than 20 offers were in hand and halfway through the season, Texas, Baylor, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Alabama were the schools that were mentioned the most. In September, Benenoch started talking about getting to UCLA to take in some action. It was a final four for more than a month before making the December commitment, but it looked like a close finish between the Bruins and Bears. In the end, Benenoch chose to head west.
What this means for UCLA: With a lack of OL depth on the roster at the current moment, getting solid offensive linemen for this class was imperative. Right now there are several on the commitment list with John Lopez, Poasi Moala, Scott Quessenberry and Alex Redmond to name a few. With that said, landing Benenoch was huge. He is a big-time talent who has improved on his game tremendously from his junior to senior year. He brings the type of raw physicality needed to set the tone on any good offensive line. As stated by National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins, who works the West Coast region, Benenoch is slated to play the guard position at UCLA, but has the skills and versatility to play tackle as well. Very significant, too, is that Benenoch is big enough and probably strong enough to come in and immediately compete for playing time. UCLA's Offensive Line Coach Adrian Klemm certainly has shown he's willing to play freshmen, with three frosh starters in his line-up this season (and one a true freshman). As for the effect this could have, Benenoch is the second player in this class for UCLA from the state of Texas, and the Houston are. Building a solid pipeline for UCLA into an area loaded with talent on any given year can never hurt.
In Benenoch's Words: "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. The vibe I got from everyone down there was great. I have bought into what is going on there.
Coach's Take on Benenoch: Physical kid off the line who has a good pop. He has long arms and built like a college tackle. Once he locks on to you, it's over. He drives his feet well and won't stop until the whistle or you are on the ground.
Commitment Impact: Caleb Benenoch