QB Steven Bench commits to Rice

D1 QB Steven Bench (247sports.com)

D1 QB Steven Bench (247sports.com)

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.


– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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15 comments Add your comment


December 22nd, 2011
7:24 pm

good luck= first

Bob Parker

December 22nd, 2011
7:48 pm

Congratulations, Steven. Rice is a great school and this is an opportunity that few could ever hope for. All the best to you.


December 22nd, 2011
8:14 pm

Too bad more Georgia athletes dont think that way. Many could have a Harvard or Yale education too. Good luck and study hard. Remember, you are a Student/Athlete.


December 22nd, 2011
8:16 pm

What about Ricky Parks? I know he’s an ATH but still played QB.


December 22nd, 2011
9:08 pm

Would have loved to see Steven sign with GSU, but I definitely agree that Rice would be really hard to turn down. The academics there are top notch and they play in respectable conference where you can make a name for yourself, just look at what Case Keenum was able to do.

Phil Oneacre

December 22nd, 2011
9:51 pm

Georgia State is Division 1. I think you must have meant to say FBS.


December 22nd, 2011
10:30 pm

Good luck at Rice. When you realize how much of a loser Rice is, then you can beg Curry to let you transfer to GSU.


December 22nd, 2011
10:36 pm

Hammer22, you are the loser if you would chose a GSU education over a Rice education.

GT Man

December 22nd, 2011
10:40 pm

Good going young man, Rice is an academic school, you will make some money when you grad.


December 22nd, 2011
11:02 pm

@Dostoveyskiy – Sounds like that great education payed off for you.

Rice player tooo!

December 23rd, 2011
12:51 am


December 23rd, 2011
9:22 am

@GT Man
December 22nd, 2011
10:40 pm
I know it is difficult for any GT type to accomplish this but TRY to not be such a complete A$$. What a jerk!

Atlanta Urinal and Constipation is a rag

December 23rd, 2011
7:51 pm


Let the trolling begin.


December 29th, 2011
4:37 pm

What about North Gwinnetts qb ? He commited on 12/12/11 to play for Harvard. That education is as good as it gets!


December 31st, 2011
11:35 am

A thoughtful process and a good decision. It’s clear this kid intends to get playing time. I can’t imagine what it’s like for the the quarterbacks at Georgia who rarely get to play even when it’s a blowout. I don’t understand why the coaches feel it’s more productive to stay with the starters and go ultra conservative to finish a game. Why not keep playing aggressively but with bench players. It would build depth against a live opponent and make everyone happier since they are playing.