Just over two weeks after deciding to leave Georgia, and following a visit to Virginia Tech this past weekend, Brent Benedict has decided to leave the SEC for the ACC.
In an interview with the Florida Times-Union, the offensive lineman confirmed that he has decided to transfer to the Hokies. Benedict, who will have to sit out the 2011 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules, told the paper that a big part of his decision is due to the fact that Tech will be losing four lineman to expired eligibility at the end of this year, as was his familiarity with the school coming out of high school.
“I liked Virginia Tech the first time around [in the recruiting process],” Benedict told the paper. “It’s a great program with a coaching staff that’s been there awhile. They win games and do well in the ACC. I’m really excited to get up there.”
Benedict had also drawn interest from Florida, Clemson and Marshall before deciding on Tech. UGA gave Benedict an unconditional release from his scholarship, meaning a move to the rival Gators would’ve been allowed. In fact, it was rumored that UF was perhaps the front-runner for the lineman’s services due to its proximity to his hometown of Jacksonville.
Benedict was a four-star lineman coming out of high school in 2010 and sat out last season as he recovered from major knee damage suffered during his senior year of high school. However, Benedict participated in this year’s spring practice and was listed as the backup to Cordy Glenn at right tackle.
He will be considered a redshirt sophomore next season.