When George Bento takes the football field this spring at 8A St. Lucie West Centennial High School in Port St. Lucie Florida a lot of major college football programs will be watching.
At nearly 6’3 and 240 pounds Bento is force of nature with a combination of strength and quickness not normally found in players of his size.
After two seasons at 6A Jensen Beach High School, Bento transferred counties by moving to the St. Lucie West community from Jensen Beach to play for the 8A St. Lucie West Centennial Eagles.
Bento had been a star player on defense for Jensen Beach the previous season, starting on both sides of the ball since the 10th grade. He also started on all special teams and played Lacrosse at Jensen Beach.
During his junior football season, Bento turned into a defensive star, with 48 tackles, 15 tackles for a loss, 8 sacks, 20 quarter back hurries, 2 pass deflections and 1 forced fumble in just 9 games as primarily a defensive lineman.
His stats going into his senior year place him among the top returning defensive players in the area, a hot bed for college football recruits with players receiving scholarships from to college programs like Alabama, Miami, Florida, Michigan and many others.
Taking his talents to 8A St. Lucie West was a bold move that he hopes will help his football development as a high school player and a college football recruit.
St. Lucie West is one of the largest schools in the area and plays against some of the best schools in the state including power house schools Vero Beach, Ft. Pierce Central and Treasure Coast.
St. Lucie West hired former NFL player and St. Lucie West graduate Jamar Chaney to be the new head coach after the end of the 2016 season. Chaney played college football at Mississippi State where he was an All SEC player and MVP of the Senior Bowl. He spent five years in the NFL playing for the Eagles, Falcons, Broncos & Raiders.
At St. Lucie West George will be moving to linebacker this spring under the guidance of Coach Chaney and his staff.
The move to linebacker for Bento is a testament to his athleticism. Bento who runs a 4.85 forty yard dash and has a 4.45, 5-10-5 shuttle is quick for his size. He also has a 30 inch vertical jump and a broad jump over 8’6”.
Bento is also very strong compared to elite high school standards with a 315 bench press, 405 squat and 245 power clean. His strength numbers are only going to go up heading into his senior season.
At the college level Bento is projected to be a run stop linebacker or defensive end, he could also play interior defensive line or tight end on offense. If he can progress and have success at linebacker in his senior year at St. Lucie West Centennial his recruiting interests are likely to rise gaining more interest at bigger programs.
There are over 40+ BCS & FCS football programs that have shown interest in Bento since his sophomore season.
He recently was invited by the University of Central Florida for a junior day.
Last fall after his junior season George was invited to an unofficial visit at Georgia Tech where he attended a game against Virginia and was able to take a tour of the football facilities and program.
Last summer before his junior season, George had the opportunity to attend the All Poly Football Camp near Salt Lake City, Utah.
George is of Polynesian ancestry on his Father’s side of his family and was able to connect with his Polynesian roots and participate in a great football camp with some of the top players in the country.
The camp was attended by over 100 college coaches and George did extremely well impressing coaches from schools like Utah, Colorado, Arizona State, Idaho, Hawaii and Fresno State.
He was able to make unofficial visits to Utah and Webber State on his trip to the All Poly camp. He plans to attend the same camp next summer taking unofficial visits to Colorado, Colorado State, Colorado Mesa and Colorado State Pueblo.
He has also been contacted with letters and emails from Kansas, USC, Kentucky, Louisville, Cincinnati, Tulsa, Alabama Birmingham and many others.
Right now, Georgia Tech is at the top of his recruiting list but George is open to learning more about other schools and programs.
George was invited to participate in 2017 Nike Opening Regional in Florida in February. He was also invited to the Blue Grey All American Combine and the NUC All American Combine.
His goal is to find the right program fit for his education and football. George is interested in majoring in Communications and has a 3.0 GPA.
For more information please visit www.georgebento.com.
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