BELFRY, Ky. – Belfry senior lineman Cole Bentley verbally committed to the University of Louisville on Sunday.
Bentley, a 6-foot-4, 290 pound lineman, plays on both sides of the football for the Pirates. However, he is expected to be an offensive lineman in college.
“They have a great foundation of coaches that know how to get the most out of their players,” Bentley said on Sunday. “The program is a winning one that is on the verge of doing something very big in the incoming seasons.”
Bentley said he hopes he can graduate early from Belfry High School so he can enroll early and participate in spring practice with Louisville. The Cardinals have several senior linemen and there could be a shot of Bentley getting playing time as a true freshman.
Bentley was offered by several schools, but recently narrowed his choices down to six. Among those schools were Virginia, Purdue, Georgia Tech, Wake Forrest, Cincinnati and Memphis. Then Louisville made an official offer and Bentley put them at the top of his list. He had several offers including Cincinnati, Colorado State, Georgia Tech, Marshall, Purdue and Virginia. WVU and Kentucky had shown interest.
Bentley has attended several camps and also participated in the Under Armor All-Star game played in Texas. He had made several official visits and several more unofficial visits to many Division One colleges these past few months.
Bentley is listed as a 3-star prospect by most scouting websites. He has been a part of Belfry’s three state Class AAA state titles the past three seasons. He has played tight end, and on the offensive and defensive line for Coach Philip Haywood’s teams. The Pirates return several key starters this year and are predicted to win another state title in the Bluegrass State this autumn.
(Kyle Lovern is the Managing Editor for the Civitas Media Mountain District including the Williamson Daily News and Logan Banner. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)