The UCLA Bruins brought in the top recruiting class in the Pac 12 with their stellar 2013 signing class. This year’s group is filled with impact players who will find their way onto the field and make their presence known for years to come in Westwood. However, some of them will be pushed into action sooner than others. So who’s set to make the biggest splash as a freshman? None other than massive offensive line recruit Caleb Benenoch.
The four-star, Katy, Texas, native chose UCLA over plenty of other major programs, many of which were much closer to home. Benenoch spurned the advances of the Oklahoma Sooners, Alabama Crimson Tide and Texas A&M Aggies to head out West and sign on with Jim Mora. That decision could be rewarded with immediate playing time.
At 6-foot-6 and 321 pounds, Benenoch already has the size to step in and play from day one at the major college level. He’s also shown a mean-streak in the running game with an ability to maul defensive linemen when he comes off the ball. More impressively, he has great feet for a man his size and can stay in front of defensive linemen on pass blocks and get onto linebackers at the second level.
And he steps into the perfect program to start early. The Bruins are razor thin across the offensive line, a problem they hope to fix somewhat with seven total offensive linemen signed in the 2013 recruiting class. Offensive line coach Adrian Klemm isn’t afraid to start his best players, no matter what year they are, evidenced by the three freshmen (two redshirt) that hit the starting lineup last season.
Benenoch has the versatility to play tackle (where he played his senior season in high school), but is more likely to start out at guard at the next level. There’s an open spot on the line from last season with Jeff Baca moving on at guard, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see big boy Benenoch slide in and make a major impact in 2013.