BUFORD, Ga -- There were several ESPN Junior 300 members on hand for The Opening Atlanta regional camp on Sunday. The list of prospects included several standout quarterbacks including the No. 2-ranked pocket-passer Jake Bentley, the No. 33 overall player.
The 6-foot-3, 212-pound prospect would like to make his college decision before his senior season starts and has started to narrow down his list of schools.
"My top group right now is South Carolina, Alabama, LSU, Miami and Stanford too, but I know Davis [Mills] just committed (to Stanford) so that gave me a little more to think about with them,” Bentley said.
Alabama, despite being one of the last schools to offer Bentley, is still in his top group. Bentley is the son of South Carolina running backs coach Bobby Bentley and the younger Bentley admitted that being around the game for so long, he understands that some schools have reasons they can’t send out offers early on in the process.
"(Alabama is) not at the top, but they are definitely in my top group just because of their winning tradition and the program that coach [Nick] Saban has established there,” he said. "It really didn’t matter to me because I know how it is being around football all my life. Being a coach’s son, I know how the business works and there weren’t any hard feelings.”
Despite his father being a coach at one of his top choices, Bentley said his father tries to stay as neutral as possible.
"Coach [Will] Muschamp and coach [Kurt] Roper have made it a point to not use him to recruit me,” Bentley said. "Dad, when he’s with me he’s dad. He wants what’s best for me and my future. He actually went on the Alabama visit with me. He’s dad first and wants what’s best for me and wants me to be happy wherever I go.”
With 15 ESPN Junior 300 quarterbacks already committed, Bentley is one of just eight ESPN Junior 300 prospects who remains uncommitted. The strong-armed quarterback, despite all of the early commitments, said he feels no pressure to rush in to a decision.
"I know I want to take my time to visit the schools I need to visit to make my decision,” Bentley said. “I have not gotten any pressure from any coaches to make a decision so I don’t feel like I need to rush.”