When Caleb Benenoch committed to Michigan State earlier this year it sent a lot of shock waves across college football. The nation took notice with the job Mark
Dantonio has done rebuilding the once traditional power house of Spartan football and branching out to get a major Texas recruit for the second time (Nick Foles
was the first) has people taking notice.
Yesterday Benenoch contacted MSU and told them that he was going to de-commit from the Spartans. Benenoch has been on Spartan Nation Radio several times and communicated every time that his family wanted him to take his full availability of official visits. Mark Dantonio asks players before they commit
to make sure MSU is where they want to be and to stop the recruiting process. Benenoch assumed his first visit would be to East Lansing and his parents would acquiesce.
Benenoch told me when I asked about this several weeks ago that, “Once my parents get up to Michigan State and spend time I am sure they will see what I see in Spartan football.” As the summer continues Benenoch learned that it would be late September (at the earliest) until he and his family could get to East Lansing. Knowing that he would have to honor his parents and take his officials and some of them would come BEFORE he was able to step foot on campus in East Lansing the young man was in a tight spot.
He did the honorable thing. He told Spartan Nation yesterday, “I realized I wasn’t going to make it up to EL (East Lansing) until September and maybe later. And I was visiting others schools and didn’t want to hold Coach Dantonio’s roster spot.”
No one likes it when you have a de-commit and in this case it is true of both parties I am sure. I was with Mark Dantonio yesterday evening, but he is not allowed by NCAA rules to discuss recruits prior to their signing at Michigan State. Signing day is something that won’t happen for eight months with the 2013 recruiting class.
In the past Dantonio has told Spartan Nation about the recruiting process, “I want young people to understand that they need to honor their parents in the process of recruiting.”
When Benenoch’s family was not going to be able to make his first official visit to MSU he had no other choice, then to do the honorable thing and back out. Benenoch is a fine young man and Spartan Nation wishes him well. He handled a difficult situation the right way.