Heralded prep quarterback Jake Bentley announced he will bypass his final year of high school football and join the USC football program this summer.
Bentley announced on social media Wednesday morning that he won’t play his senior year at Opelika High School in Alabama. A source close to the family confirms the announcement to 7 Sports and that Bentley will graduate from high school this year.
“I understand the concerns and I am sure I will miss Friday nights, my friends, and most importantly my friends & coaches,” wrote Bentley in a post on Twitter. “Things happen for a reason and I am ready to join Gamecock nation this summer.”
Bentley said he made the decision after confirming with his high school academic counselors that he is on course to graduate this spring.
Jake Bentley is the son of USC running backs coach Bobby Bentley. He recently announced his decision to play for the Gamecocks after considering other finalists LSU, Alabama and Miami.
Last season, Bentley passed for 2,834 yards and 28 touchdowns.