2014 Byrnes quarterback Shuler Bentley goes about his business week in and week out. The numbers he puts up will astonish most people but the Old Dominion commitment has been doing it for so long it appears as if he's taken for granted by high school football fans and most college football coaches.
Don't get me wrong Old Dominion and the other programs who have offered Bentley see his ability to lead a highly complex offense and run it like clockwork. If you give Bentley time, which he has had for most of his career, he will absolutely make defenses pay. Through 9 games this season he's 199-284 for 3,429 yards and 50 touchdowns. To break it down quite simply he's averaging a touchdown every 4 passes this year thus far while completing 70% of his passes and only throwing 5 interceptions.
To be honest Old Dominion coaches are probably hoping that other schools don't come showing Bentley interest because he's a perfect fit for their high octane passing attack.
Being the son of Byrnes head coach Bobby Bentley he has an uncanny ability to read defenses and will audible at the line into a play that most times will result in big dividends for his offense. That knowledge is something that can't be overlooked in my opinion and is another area where Bentley is at the top of the charts when it comes to his peers. Those smarts matched with great accuracy, a strong arm, deft touch, leadership skills, supreme confidence, and a gunslinger's mentality I will take everyday.
The knock on Bentley has been his lack of height but in a day and age where guys like Drew Brees can succeed at the highest level what gives? Cincinnati is arguably the largest program to offer Bentley thus far but the 2014 has stood by his commitment to Old Dominion to this point.
Most years Bentley probably would've been selected for the Shrine Bowl but with guys like Northwestern's Mason Rudolph (Oklahoma State commit) and Stratford's Jacob Park (Georgia commit) the coaches elected to go with the "taller prototype" college prospects. No knocks on either of those guys at all because they great at their craft as well. Rudolph in fact helped Northwestern knock off Byrnes earlier this year.
For now we'll see if other schools come in and try to entice Bentley to waver on his pledge to ODU. After a 510 yard and 8 touchdown pass performance in a 76-49 win over Mauldin last night we saw a quarterback who is definitely on top of his game and is deserving of a lot more attention from college recruiters. We'll speak with Bentley to get the very latest regarding his recruitment soon so stay tuned.