Getting to know new BYU commit, TE/DE Bentley Hanshaw (Class of 2017)

Since BYU became the third team to offer Bentley Hanshaw a scholarship at the end of March, the 6-foot-six 225 pound tight end has continued to receive more and more interest from programs throughout the west.  Now holding 12 scholarship offers, his recruitment is bound to slow down as he verbally committed to play for BYU at the end of June, the 10th commit for the Class of 2017.

I caught up with Bentley this summer and asked him about his recruitment:

BYU Insider: Why did you choose BYU? (aside from the family connection) and why is BYU a good fit for you?
Hanshaw:  I chose Byu because I love the whole vibe of the place, and I like what Ty wants to do with the tight end position.  It’s is a good fit for me because of my religious background and the new pro-style offense that utilizes the tight end.

BYU Insider: What do you most look forward to in suiting up for the cougars?
Hanshaw: I look forward to representing my family name and playing on top tier ESPN games.

BYU Insider: What are some of your favorites?
Hanshaw: Some of my favorite movies are Remember the Titans and Inception, and I love the show Friends. I love almost all music except hard rock. I listen to rap, country, r&b etc.

BYU Insider: What is your greatest accomplishment in sports? In life?
Hanshaw: In sports, probably getting my first scholarship offer.  In life, I don’t think I’ve done too much yet… but probably just being a good example for my younger brother.

BYU Insider: What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Hanshaw: To “work until you no longer have to introduce yourself.”

BYU Insider: Who is a current player (collegiate or pro) that you seek to emulate on the field?
Hanshaw: a faster version of Rob Gronkowski (current Tight End for the New England Patriots)

hanshaw_bentley_150pxHanshaw currently plays football and basketball at Moorpark High School (CA), the same school that produced BYU great Dennis Pitta, now in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens. Hanshaw is rated 3-stars by Scout and Rivals, and is not yet rated by ESPN.  Scout rate him as the No. 19 tight end in the west.  He holds scholarship offers from Air Force, BYU, Hawaii, Navy, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon State, San Diego State, San Jose State, Utah, Utah State, and Wyoming.  He has also seeing recruiting interest from Arizona State, Pittsburgh, and UCLA.  Bentley’s father Tim played on the offensive line for BYU before his NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers, and Bentley is close friends with other c/o ’17 commits: Moorpark teammate Tanner Baker, and Isaac Rex.

Hometown: Moorpark, California High School: Moorpark
Class: 2017 HT/WT: 6’6”, 225 lbs.
Position: Tight End, Defensive End 40 time: 4.62
Profiles: MaxPreps, HUDL Bench/Squat: 275/405 lbs.
Twitter: @BentleyHanshaw Vertical: 31 inches
Offer date: March 29, 2016 Commit date: June 30, 2016
Rivals:3 Stars (3 / 5)
Scout:3 Stars (3 / 5)
ESPN:2 Stars (2 / 5)
Average:2.7 Stars (2.7 / 5)
Offers: Air Force, BYU, Hawaii, Navy, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon State, San Diego State, San Jose State, Utah, Utah State, and Wyoming

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Bentley Hanshaw is a verbal commit for the BYU Class of 2017.  For a comprehensive list of all of BYU’s c/o ’17 recruits and commitments click here. If you have any additional information or insight about this recruit, please include it in the comment section below.

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