December 9, 2013

Beneventi goes in-depth on decision

Class of 2015 quarterback Jack Beneventi knew going into the recruiting process that he wanted to make an early decision. This past week, that is exactly what he did, as the 6-foot-6, 200-pound Beneventi committed to the Iowa Hawkeyes on Thursday. We caught up with the Illinois native to talk in-depth about his decision, recruiting others to join him at Iowa in 2015, and much more.

Q: First, can you just talk about the commitment to Iowa and how you arrived at that decision this week?

BENEVENTI: Well, I wanted to make the commitment in December. It was a very difficult decision because I made it between Illinois and Iowa. Those are two schools where I really enjoyed my visits and felt very comfortable with. I just knew it was kind of the right time and I knew that Iowa was the school for me. It was where I felt the most comfortable and felt like it would be a great decision to make for me and my family. I just wanted to make it in December and I felt like Thursday was a great day to do it.

Q: Was it kind of that last visit to Iowa a couple weeks ago that put them in the lead?

BENEVENTI: Obviously, going to the games, it's really fun to see the atmosphere and then how the team does. For me, wins and losses aren't the most important thing to make a decision, but it's fun to see the campus, see if I can fit in there, see the coaching staff, and the style of offense. Iowa, obviously, for a pro-style quarterback, it's like a dream offense to play in. Coach Ferentz has been there for so long and he's really established the program, so I really like that. Also, I really enjoyed seeing the campus and just felt very comfortable there and felt like it would be a great fit.

One of only two Class of 2015 quarterbacks invited to the Rivals Five-Star Challenge at Soldier Field this past summer, Beneventi drew early scholarship offers from Iowa, Illinois, Notre Dame, and Louisville, among others. As a junior this year, he completed 134 of 246 pass attempts for 1,482 yards and seven touchdowns in leading Benet Academy to a 6-4 record.

Beneventi is the second commitment for the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Class of 2015, joining in-state offensive lineman Jacob Newborg.

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