South Carolina and first-year coach Will Muschamp landed more than just a quarterback when four-star recruit Jake Bentley committed earlier this week.
The No. 6-ranked quarterback in the class of 2017 instantly elevated the Gamecocks’ recruiting class to No. 18 in the nation, and if Bentley has his way, more top-tier talent will follow him to Columbia.
“I have a good relationship with a lot of the top prospects from going to a lot of camps with them,” Bentley told The State‘s Matt Connolly. “I think we can have the best recruiting class in the nation. The culture around South Carolina is great, and any recruit that comes on campus will feel that.”
Having played for two high schools, and possibly a third for his upcoming senior season, Bentley has played against and has knowledge of a large pool of players.
Bentley, whose father, Bobby Bentley, is an assistant at South Carolina and was previously at Auburn, could be the perfect pitchman for the Gamecocks, who slipped to 7-6 and 3-9 the last two seasons after three consecutive 11-win seasons
While Bentley could give South Carolina’s recruiting a boost, Muschamp might need him to be equally as adept at quarterback. South Carolina’s current quarterback situation is unsettled to put it mildly. When Bentley hits campus, he could be asked to jump into the fire quickly.
Who he brings along with him could determine the Gamecocks’ not-too-distant future.