Location plays role in Benenoch's decision

At 6-foot-6 and 321 pounds, Caleb Benenoch (Katy, Texas/Seven Lakes) was a major target for several schools at the offensive tackle spot. On Tuesday, Benenoch chose to take his talents to the Big Ten Conference, verbally committing to Michigan State.

While he had offers to other programs, one thing in particular sold him on Michigan State.

“I wanted to leave the south to play football. That was a big thing in choosing Michigan State,” Benenoch said. “I’d been in love with [Michigan State] for a while, about a little over a month, and I said if Michigan State was going to offer, that’s where I would go.”

Benenoch had offers from Kansas State, Ole Miss, Tulane and West Virginia, and he was receiving heavy interest from Arkansas. In fact, Arkansas and Michigan State were his final two schools, but location played a role in his final decision.

“I’ve been in the heat all my life, and I’m tired of it,” Benenoch joked. “I love the cold.”

Benenoch was recruited by receivers coach Terry Samuel, in addition to offensive line coach Mark Staten and head coach Mark Dantonio. In addition to location, Benenoch said the coaches’ honesty and sincerity played a role in him choosing the Spartans.

“From the first day I talked to the coaches, they were real straightforward about what they expected out of me,” Benenoch said. “I felt like they genuinely wanted me and to meet my family. Watching them on TV, I always liked the way they carried themselves.

They offered about a month ago, but before that, I talked to my friends about it. They would ask if I wanted to go up north or stay in Texas. I knew Michigan State was the place for me.”

Benenoch became the Spartans’ fifth commitment of the 2013 recruiting class.