Once the heir apparent to Taylor Heinicke, it seems that Shuler Bentley is moving on
by Nathan Epstein, WAVY-TV 10 (a special contribution to recruit757)
NORFOLK (WAVY) — A report out of CBS affiliate WSPA in South Carolina says quarterback Shuler Bentley will transfer from Old Dominion. Bentley, a redshirt sophomore this past season, started 10 games, throwing for 1,432 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2015 before David Washington took over as starter this past season.
It is not clear where Bentley will transfer, but he will have two years of eligibility at any Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) program, since he will be graduating in May. Of course, he could also transfer to a Division I FCS program with an even better shot at taking over the starting job immediately.
With Washington having graduated, Bentley was expected to contend for the starting quarterback job again in 2017.
There are several less experienced candidates in the fold as candidates for the starting position next fall. Blake Larussa (Bishop Sullivan) shined in the Spring Game and appeared in ten games in the 2016 season going 14 for 24 for 140 yards with one INT and no touchdown passes. Larussa would be the only quarterback returning with game experience.
Also rostered at quarterback are four freshmen: Arnold Drayton (Myrtle Beach), Kody Cunningham (Ocean Lakes), Brennan Lewis (Beaufort, NC) and Kevin Schekells (Annapolis). The Monarchs have one quarterback prospect verbally committed for the 2017 recruiting class in 6-2 190 pro-style quarterback Steven Williams, Jr. of Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, DC.
Blake Larussa returns next fall with three seasons of eligibility left. There is always the possibility that the Monarchs would look to the JUCO ranks or rely on a seasoned transfer to compete for the starting job. Coach Justin Fuente did just that at Virginia Tech last Spring when he took over the program. The Hokies brought in Jerod Evans of Trinity Valley Community College in Texas. He was ranked as one of the top junior college quarterback prospects in the nation last year. In his first season with Virginia Tech, he’s led the Hokies to yet another bowl game and he’s been 247 for 389 passing for 3303 yards, 27 touchdowns and only seven interceptions.
– Nathan Epstein
(some content added by Andy Hilton)