The state of Georgia has produced another D1 QB for this year.
Cairo High School’s Steven Bench committed to Rice University on Thursday, picking the Owls over Georgia State, Samford, Eastern Kentucky, South Alabama and Jacksonville State. Bench also had interest from Mississippi State and Alabama, among others.
“I committed to Rice just because of the fact that out of the schools that had offered me, it was the best situation for me,” Bench told the AJC. “There’s no doubt that Rice is a win-win situation for me. If I am blessed enough to have the opportunity to play pro football, that’s great. If not, however, I will have an Ivy League-type of degree from Rice. Not many people can say that.”
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Bench had 20 total touchdowns at Cairo. He transferred from Bainbridge for his senior year after his father was hired as an assistant at Cairo. Bench will make an official visit to Rice on Jan. 14.
Georgia has five senior QBs of out 440 high schools that are committed to D1 schools – Wayne County’s Greyson Lambert (Virginia), Flowery Branch’s Kanler Coker (East Carolina), Coffee County’s Will Garnder (Louisville), Mt. Pisgah Christian’s Kyle Sloter (Tulane) and Bench, while Henry County’s Chris Moody is undecided whether he will play QB or DB-WR in college. McEachern’s Trent Thompson is committed to Georgia State.
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– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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