Four-star OL Caleb Benenoch picks UCLA

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.

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  • RC3UCLA

    Yes!! Yet another mauler!

  • Spedjones

    You know who knew this last Friday? Not Tracy at Bro…but Prime on BG! Why pay for info when u can get it for free?

  • Jake

    Wow a post!?!?!!?! And of news broken 12 hours ago? No wonder this blog blows.

    • jameskatt

      Back off. Jack Wang is the only blogger here. He can’t be awake 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

      This blog is still better than any other UCLA blog I’ve seen. And it is certainly better than Nazi-ville Bruinsnation.

      • Spedjones

        and now bruingold. Prime at BG had this info last week. And he’s got more, but BG won’t let him post it. BRO playing bully?

  • drakejr

    I live in Katy, TX. That football program is a beast. This is a great start to opening a pipeline to one of the best High School football programs in the region.

  • lifetime Bruin Fan

    I’ll feel a lot better when he inks his name to a letter of intent on national letter of intent day Feb. 2013, Congratulations UCLA coaching staff. GO BRUINS.

  • jameskatt

    Jim Mora and his coaches are working miracles. Eight offensive linemen recruited for 2013 so far. And five of them four-star recruits! Wow.

    A football team starts with the offensive line. Jim Mora and his coaches know that well. And they are going fantastically!

  • bearnut

    How is it that U$C is number #1 in recruiting so far? Their coach is a real jerk and their team is mediocre. Just baffling why any blue chipper would want to join that sinking ship.