Jake Bentley Joining South Carolina A Year Early

    Four-star quarterback Jake Bentley announced he's graduating a year early and joining South Carolina this summer as part of the 2016 class.

    April 6, 2016

    Four-star quarterback Jake Bentley announced he’s graduating high school a year early and joining South Carolina this summer as part of the 2016 class.

    When Jake Bentley committed to South Carolina a couple of weeks ago, he said he was ready to join a “new era of Gamecock football.” What he left out was just how soon that new era would begin.

    Bentley, the No. 9 quarterback in the 2017 class, is reclassifying to the 2016 class and graduating high school early in order to join South Carolina this summer. He wrote the following message on Wednesday morning.

    Bentley, whose father Bobby Bentley coaches the Gamecocks running backs, told 247Sports the timing is right for everyone involved.

    “I’ve established enough credits through high school to get the opportunity to do it,” Bentley said. “After talking it over with my family, we felt it was the right thing to do and it’s a good thing for all of us.”

    Chas Dodd, Bentley’s brother, is a graduate assistant on Will Muschamp’s staff. Shuler Bentley, his other brother, is a sophomore quarterback at Old Dominion, located in Norfolk, Va.

    Jake Bentley sees the move as an opportunity to spend more time around the people he loves.

    “It’s going to be great (to be around family),” he said. “The last three years (in Alabama) have been great, and moving down here has been great for me in terms of getting into a new system and getting out from under my dad and the whole ‘his dad’s system just runs up the stats’ criticism. My mom is excited. She doesn’t have to drive as much to see us play. All of my cousins and my grandparents also are right there (in South Carolina).”

    At 6-foot-4, 219 lbs Bentley already has the size to compete collegiately. He’s shown consistency and a great pocket presence to help rank him as the No. 91 overall recruit in the 2017 class.

    He’ll now take his place as the second quarterback in South Carolina’s 2016 class, joining 4-star signee Brandon McIlwain.

    Note: Scout rankings and ratings used in this article.

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