Jack Beneventi was offered a scholarship by Brian Kelly on Easter Day. It was the best gift Beneventi could have hoped for in his Easter basket.
There are two very interesting things about Beneventi. First, he is a 6’6″ Pro-Style Quarterback. His style of play is completely different than Everett Golson and Malik Zaire. Second, he attends Benet Academy. This is one of the top feeder schools for the University of Notre Dame.
Based on his comments and the history of the high school, it seems like a commitment from Beneventi is inevitable.
But, the more pressing question is when will the commitment come? A commitment could come before the close of the spring. The end of the spring comes when Notre Dame holds its annual Blue-Gold Game in South Bend. If a commitment does not come then, it will most likely come before the spring in 2014.
The shift in the type of Quarterback that Notre Dame is pursuing is interesting as well. Notre Dame had been pursuing Quarterback who had the ability to run the read option. Everett Golson, Gunner Kiel and Malik Zaire all had varying degrees of ability to run the football. However, Beneventi does not have that ability. He is more of a pure passer.
Many outlets have suggested that Beneventi would be the Tony Pike in Notre Dame’s offense. This could be the evolution of Notre Dame’s offense. Currently, the Z position has gone from the athletic, fast playmaker to a big, run blocker.
As a Sophomore, Beneventi threw for 2318 yards and 20 touchdowns. He completed 180 of his 286 passes (65%).
Beneventi will almost certainly be a Notre Dame Quarterback in 2015. It seems like a question of ‘when’ and not ‘if’.