March 7, 2012
Texas OL a top priority for Spartans
Offensive line recruiting is a top priority for Michigan State when it comes to the class of 2013. The Spartans need to sign several players that have high-level ability. Head Coach Mark Dantonio and his staff have identified Caleb Benenoch of Seven Lakes High School in Katy, Texas as a plan "A" recruit for next year.
The 6-foot-6, 321-poiund Benenoch is known for not only being a road-grader when it comes to drive blocking, but also for being very agile for a player his size. Benenoch already has an impressive list of offers from schools like Michigan State, Kansas State, West Virginia and Ole Miss. SpartanMag.com asked him about his contact with the Michigan State staff and what have the feedback he has received.
"I initially talked with Coach (Terry) Samuel," Benenoch said. "However, I got my scholarship offer from Coach (Mark) Staten. He is the one I have been keeping in contact with the most. Coach Staten said that they love the fact that I am big and athletic with long arms. He said they like my versatility to play either guard or tackle and I am exactly what they are looking for."
The Spartans need to address both positions on the line, but tackle is viewed as the more pressing need. The fact that Benenoch could play either spot is certainly a positive factor in his recruitment for Michigan State.
We asked Benenoch if he knows much about the Spartan program and what other teams are seriously involved in his recruitment.
"I know a little about Michigan State and I am learning more every day," he stated. "I plan on going up there in April. I do not know the exact date, but I am looking forward to it. Right now I have 5 offers and Arkansas seems like they could be the next school to offer in the near future."
Due to it being such an important need, Michigan State is being selective on the offensive line for the class of 2013 Many of the top prospects in the Midwest have already made college decisions so the Spartan staff is looking to other hotbeds of talent like Texas to address the position. We asked Benenoch about the possibility of leaving his home-state and what he is looking for in a college.
"I do not mind leaving at all," he stated. "I am looking for a great atmosphere and I can be comfortable with the players and the coaches. I want a family atmosphere. I also want to be part of a program where I can win and I will have a chance to make an impact as far as playing time."
Michigan State has had some unfortunate injuries on the offensive line that has robbed them of players they expected would be providing depth right now. For that reason players signed by the Spartans in the class of 2013 may be called upon to contribute early on in their playing career. Spartanmag.com asked Benenoch about a timetable for his college decision.
"I do not have a plan of when I will make my choice. It will be when I feel like I have found a home."
You can be sure that the Michigan State coaches will be doing everything they can to make this massive prospect feel like part of the Spartan family when he arrives in East Lansing next month.
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