South Carolina has strong link to top 2017 quarterback prospect

Bentley is a top recruit in 2017.
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From a recruiting standpoint, a university will look to utilize use any and all ties it may have to a potential prospect.

In the case of 2017 quarterback prospect Jake Bentley, Will Muschamp and the South Carolina Gamecocks have perhaps the best "in" a school could have. 

Bentley — a Rivals.com 4-star prospect from Opelika High School in Alabama — is the son of current USC running backs coach Bobby Bentley. The quarterback position is something South Carolina would undoubtedly want to improve. With top ’16 prospect Brandon McIlwain also headed to Columbia, the Gamecocks would love to build depth with the possible addition of the younger Bentley. 

Via an interview with The State, Bentley spoke openly about the relationship with the staff. Interestingly enough, his father will not be involved in actively recruiting him. It will instead be Muschamp and offensive coordinator Kurt Roper. 

"Coach Muschamp said he was going to be in charge of my recruiting and he would be the main person I would talk to, him and Coach Roper," said Bentley. "He said he’s not going to use my dad at all."

Along with South Carolina, Stanford appears to be an early frontrunner. Georgia and Miami also figures to be in the mix for the talented signal-caller. It isn’t known at this time as to whether Bentley will relocate to Columbia for his senior year of high school — or stay in Alabama. 

Regardless, South Carolina has to like it chances in signing Bentley when it’s all said and done.