Christian Bentancur of Marian Central lands offers from Ohio State, Florida – Shaw Local
Christian Bentancur recalls watching college football games a few years ago, thinking about what it would be like to be recruited by the top schools in NCAA Division I.
And now Bentancur, who will be a junior receiver at Marian Central, finds out.
The list of Bentancur schools that extended offers reached 28 on Wednesday with two other major programs, Ohio State and Florida, jumping. Some others who recently offered were Oregon, Michigan and Oklahoma.
“It’s crazy. As a kid you watch them on TV and you’re like, ‘I wonder what these people are going through’ and then you start going through it and it’s absolutely crazy,” said Bentancur “Each (offer) I am super blessed for and excited to continue this recruiting process.”
Bentancur caught 89 passes in two seasons (one shortened by COVID-19) for 1,792 yards and 24 touchdowns. He is a two-time first-team receiver for the Northwest Herald All-Area.
At 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds, Bentancur projects himself as a tight end in college. He recently visited Ohio State and Clemson, where he trained at camps. Ohio State coach Ryan Day made the offer to Bentancur on Wednesday. Florida coaching staff Billy Napier also volunteered that day.
“Usually on the phone it’s 15-20 minute conversations,” Bentancur said. “Most of the places I know quite well so there are no introductions, we just talk about what they think of me and what they offer me and we talk about what I’m looking for.
“I sort of figured it out myself,” Bentancur said of the recruitment process. “Luke Dalton (a former offensive lineman for Marian now in Cincinnati) helped me set up my Twitter and stuff like that. I went through all that. I’ve spoken to other players on scouting tours about how they experienced it.
Bentancur plans to visit Wisconsin on Tuesday and has other visits planned for Louisville and Arkansas, all schools that have issued offers. He will meet with the coaching staff, do campus tours, learn about programs, and do photo shoots.
Bentancur plans to make his five official visits in his freshman year, but likely in the spring semester and not during his football season.
Currently, he is training with Marian’s soccer team and attending a basketball camp. He also works with Marian graduate Pat Wenzel at the Davis Speed Center in Crystal Lake.
Bentancur embraces recruiting attention, though it can get intense.
“I learned to take advantage of it,” he says. “Some parts are overwhelming and stressful at times. I enjoyed it and I’m blessed with the position I’m in right now.