O-D Bowl: Caleb Benenoch

Offensive lineman Caleb Benenoch

Katy (Tex.) Seven Lakes offensive lineman Caleb Benenoch discusses his Offense-Defense Bowl experience, the latest on his UCLA commitment, and more...

Katy (Tex.) Seven Lakes offensive lineman Caleb Benenoch didn't have to travel too far from home for this week's Offense-Defense Bowl, but has enjoyed the experience of meeting some of the country's top players.

"It's been a lot of fun. I only live about twenty minutes away, but getting the chance to play against this competition and meet some guys you never get to see has been great. You really have to come at it hard every play or else you'll be beat, because these guys are really good and are very talented. It's a lot of work but a lot of fun," he said.

The 6-foot-6, 320-pound Benenoch recently committed to UCLA and is solid with the Bruins.

"I fell in love with the coaches and the program; I really like the direction that the program is going in. They are really young and they are winning games; they are on their way up. The academics are awesome. I fell in love with everything about the school," he said.

One of the biggest factors in Benenoch's recruitment is UCLA offensive line coach Adrian Klemm, who has established a good relationship with the lineman.

"We're really close. He's like an uncle to me; he's a younger guy, so we talk a lot. We have a great relationship. I'm going to have to tease him a little bit about the game, but I'm ready to come in and work hard," he said.

The Bruins' 2013 offensive line class is stacked with talent, but Benenoch welcomes the competition.

"I'm excited for it. I love playing around good players; they make you better, make you work harder for that spot that you want. They have primarily talked with me about playing right guard. Jeff Baca is graduating, so that spot is open for competition. Whoever works the hardest will get it. I'm ready to come in and compete for a spot. I'm looking forward to it," he said.

He'll head to campus in June for summer school and will immediately begin workouts, as he's hoping to see playing time as a true freshman.

"That's the plan for me. I'll be competing against guys like Christian Morris and John Lopez. It's not going to be easy, but I'm ready to put the work in," he said.

Benenoch enjoyed watching freshmen Jake Brendel and Simon Goines make an immediate impact this season and has been impressed with the progress of the line.

"It was a lot of fun watching the way the offensive line came together and played together this season. To be young guys and step up during their first year, to beat USC and play Stanford the way they did, was fun to see," he said.

One of two UCLA commits playing in Sunday's game (the other is athlete Mossi Johnson), Benenoch is ready to represent his future team and conference.

"Everybody talks about the SEC, but I'm trying to show them up. There are a lot of SEC guys out here, a lot of Texas A&M commits out here, but I'm trying to represent the Pac-12 in a good way," he said.

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