2018 FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL STAR UNCOMMITTED
At 6’2″ and 255 lbs George Bento is a star high school football athlete and Team Captain at 8A St. Lucie West Centennial High School in Port St. Lucie Florida.
Versatile, strong, athletic & unselfish are some of the words used to describe this accomplished player by his coaches.
Bento was a Senior transfer to 8A St. Lucie West Centennial after starting as a Sophomore and Junior at 6A Jensen Beach High School.
At both schools he primarily played Defensive End & Defensive Tackle, but was also used at Linebacker, Tight End and on the Offensive Line.
Transferring schools as Senior was not a easy decision, but the ability to play at the highest level and to experience a strong coaching staff at St. Lucie West Centennial was the determining factor.
At the 8A level, Bento would be playing against some of the best talent in the State with many players holding offers from power house Florida college programs like Florida, Miami, FSU and South Florida.
The Head Football Coach at St. Lucie West Centennial is Jamar Chaney. Coach Chaney played in the NFL and was an ALL SEC player at Mississippi State in college. He was a former high school player at St. Lucie West Centennial and was in his first year as Head Coach taking over the program in Spring of 2017. In a very short period of time Coach Chaney assembled one of the best coaching staffs in the area with many coaches having major college experience.
Bento had a very good defensive line coach at St. Lucie West Centennial, Coach Zach Cooper, who coached at Florida Atlantic University and in the Arena Professional League. Coach Aaron Gluff was also very instrumental in Bento’s development as a player and athlete.
BIG SENIOR YEAR FOR GEORGE BENTO
As a Senior Bento lead the State of Florida at the 8A level for tackles for a loss (33) at defensive end as listed on MaxPreps.
He was voted as the reader’s choice Defensive Player of the Year and selected first team all area by Scripps TCPalm newspapers.
Bento lead all defensive lineman in his area in most major statistical categories including (83) total tackles, (33) tackles for a loss, (11) sacks, (2) pass deflections, (1) blocked extra point and (31) QB hurries in just 9 regular season games.
For his efforts he was voted Team Defensive MVP by his coaches and selected to numerous All Star Teams and All American Games.
RECRUITING GAME IS VERY COMPETITIVE IN FLORIDA
Bento is a NCAA Qualifier with a 3.0 overall GPA which means he can receive a scholarship from any NCAA program. He achieved his highest 3.6 GPA his first semester as a Senior at St. Lucie West Centennial and is on pace to be on the honor roll as a Senior for the year.
At the start of his Spring season in 2017, Bento was being recruited by “Power 5 College” programs like Utah, Georgia Tech, Arizona State, Michigan State & many others.
After his Senior season, with all of his personal success Bento is still undecided and uncommitted about his college choice as the majority of the “Power 5 Colleges” have filled their rosters in the first ever NCAA early football signing period.
Coach Chaney is very surprised that Bento does not hold FBS offers and feels like he is being overlooked by many programs for reasons that he can’t understand.
Bento is looking closely at some smaller FCS program and schools closer to home in Florida as well as some Division 2 schools and Post Graduate Programs that have offered him scholarships should the right FBS offer not materialize.
Bento is projected to play on the defensive line in college as a defensive end that has the ability to play interior defensive line depending on the defensive front and opponent’s strength. He is projected to play at 265 to 275 pounds after a year or two of college weight training and meal programs.
Bento has consistently performed well in measurable athletic combines with a personal best 4.82 40 yard dash, 4.34 pro shuttle with 29 inch vertical jump at Appalachian State football camp in the Summer of 2017.
His bench press max is 345 pounds with a power clean max of 275 making him elite amongst high school athletes at his position. Bento’s family are athletes, his dad and uncle played Division 1 sports, his brother Trey was an High School All Star Offensive Lineman and he has multiple cousins that played at NCAA D1 programs.
Coach Chaney considers Bento to be “Under the Radar” and thinks that who ever gets him will be developing a All Conference caliber player in the very near future.
The State of Florida is known for high quality high school football players and is a “hot bed” for recruiting, for this reason, sometimes even star players like Bento can be under recruited. Only time will tell where Bento lands and if he can live up to Coach Chaney’s expectations.
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