NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — They are bigger, faster and there are more of them.
Old Dominion Football Coach Bobby Wilder signed 24 new players Wednesday — add that to the seven he signed over the past two months, and now it’s full speed into Conference USA.
Twelve new defensive players and 10 new offensive players will be on the field when ODU holds it’s summer workouts. But team’s biggest get was Parade All-American quarterback Shuler Bentley, the heir apparent to record setting quarterback Taylor Heinicke.
Bentley is a two time Gatorade Player of the Year in South Carolina, he has recruited by many colleges.
“Old Dominion was the best fit for me,” Bentley said. “If you look at their offense and the numbers their quarterbacks put up, it’s ridiculous, and it’s a similar system to the one we have here at Byrnes. So, it was the ideal fit for me. I fell in love with it the first time I stepped on campus. I’m just looking forward to enrolling in June and having a fun and a memorable 4 to 5 years there.”
As it is with big-time college football now-a-days, you want to red-shirt as many of these young men as you can — let them get used to college life. In a perfect world, Bentley would spend this fall watching Heinicke and then run the Monarchs fast-paced offense through the 2018 season.