Committed to play football at UCLA. Thanks for all the support. And thanks to all the coaches who have me an opportunity at the next level
— Caleb Benenoch (@CalebBenenoch79) December 10, 2012
Jim Mora said Saturday that this two-week span before bowl game practices is big-time for recruiting. This morning, the team landed a major coup, reeling in 6-foot-6, 321-pound offensive lineman Caleb Benenoch from Seven Lakes High in Katy, Texas.
Rated four stars by both Rivals and Scout, his commitment has bumped UCLA’s class up to No. 10 in both rankings. He’s the eighth offensive lineman in the Bruins’ 2013 haul, and fifth four-star recruit within that group.
Benenoch originally committed to Michigan State in March, but opened up his options again three months later. The biggest contender UCLA had to fight off was Baylor, where his family was pushing him to go. (His brother, Josh, plays defensive back there.) He’s lauded for his physicality, but is still listed with a 5.2-second 40. With guard Jeff Baca graduating, he’ll likely compete for playing time immediately.