January 6, 2011

Bentley hopes to shine in Texas

When the US Army All-American Bowl Junior Combine gets underway in San Antonio, Texas on Thursday and continues into Friday, dozens of Ohio prospects will participate, all hoping to turn in a performance that helps them to increase their recruiting stock.

In the past, the combine has proven to be a springboard for many top prospects that went on to draw scholarship offers from major colleges across the country.

That's the plan for Cleveland Glenville junior defensive back V'Angelo Bentley.

"I want to improve all around as a player and better my talents," said the 5-foot-10, 178-pound cornerback. "I want to go and out-do the competition and prove that I should be considered as one of the top prospects in my class."

Already Bentley has drawn interest from several programs including Ohio State.

"I've talked with defensive backs coach Taver Johnson," Bentley said. "He's just said it's a great corner school, and was telling me more about the school more than football and how the school sets you up for life after football."

But, Bentley already knew that.

As a member of the Glenville Tarblooders, Bentley has seen several of that school's alumni go on to play at Ohio State and he has heard positive things from many of the former Tarblooders now on the Ohio State roster.

"You can really get the feel for the school because you know your former teammates aren't going to lie to you just so you can go there," he said. "That helps a lot."

Bentley helped Glenville, Ohio's reigning Division I state runners-up, to finish the 2010 regular season with a perfect 10-0 record. The Tarblooders, however, came up short on their bid for back-to-back state championship game appearances when they fell to eventual state champion Lakewood St. Edward, 42-22, in the Region 1 final.

Other Glenville players expected to participate in San Antonio are Sean Draper and Devan Bogard.

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