Beneventi picks Iowa

Beneventi picks Iowa

Update: 7:15 p.m.

Illinois recruiting target Jack Beneventi verbally committed to Iowa on Tuesday night.

The Class of 2015 prospect from Benet Academy in Lisle had an offer from Illinois, among others, and had keen interest from the Illinois coaching staff. Beneventi attended four Illinois games this year, but a late push by the Hawkeyes appears to have paid off.

"I have committed to the University of Iowa!!," Beneventi tweeted at 7:01 p.m. tonight with a photo of himself and the crowd at Kinnick Stadium in the background. "I want to thank everyone for their support. GO HAWKS "

Originally published: 9 a.m.

Signing Day is exactly two months away for the Class of 2014.

Tim Beckman already has a quarterback in that class and one who is expected to have spent a month on campus prior to Feb. 5.

Newark (Ohio) Catholic product Chayce Crouch is expected to enroll early so he can take classes next semester and take part in spring practices.

Illinois would ideally like to add a quarterback in each recruiting class. The Illini coaches should find out tonight if they will have added one for the Class of 2015.

Jack Beneventi, a junior quarterback at Benet Academy in Lisle, is set to annouce his decision at 7 tonight on Twitter.

"I will be committing tomorrow and will announce via twitter 7pm (cst)," Beneventi posted on his Twitter account (@JackBeneventi13) at 10:06 p.m. on Wednesday. "Thank you to all who have supported me along the way."

The 6-foot-6, 190-pound pocket passer has offers from Illinois, Iowa, Louisville, Massachusetts, Notre Dame and Western Michigan. It is anticipated Beneventi will pick either Illinois or Iowa. 

Beneventi, who visited Illinois for the Ohio State game on Nov. 16, the Wisconsin game on Oct. 19, the Miami (Ohio) game on Sept. 28 and the Cincinnati game on Sept. 7, led Benet Academy to a 6-4 record this fall while throwing for roughly 1,400 yards.

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FourOhh wrote on December 06, 2013 at 2:12 am

Oh, I was really holding my breath there. I thought surely he'd pick the team that has won one in their last umpteen (admittedly, I've lost count) attempts at a big ten victory.

OrlandoIllini wrote on December 06, 2013 at 6:12 am

Perhaps a better approach would be NOT to have talented recruiting prospects attend Illini home football games. What high school football player with marketable skills would choose Illinois after seeing Beckman-coached games with 19,000 or fewer people in attendance?

I cannot recall an Illini coach who has done a worse job recruiting than Beckman. He gets Division 2 level players who dream of being FBS stars.

Lou "Let Them Score" Tepper may have been almost as bad a game coach as Beckman, but Beckman seems entirely incapable of running a FBS program... except for running it into the ground. 

2014 will be another failed season; Beckman will be released too late for a new regime to recruit successfully for 2015; IF the new coaches can recruit effectively for the class of 2016, it will probably be 2018 or 2019 before substantial improvement is seen on the field.

Legitimate optimism for the Illini football program is: wait until next decade!