Cairo QB Bench Signs with Penn State

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Cairo, GA -- It's been a lifelong dream for Steven Bench to play football at the college level. Last Wednesday that dream became a reality when he signed his letter of intent to play for Penn State.

"It's a blessing, it really is. It's a dream come true. I couldn't ask for anything more."

Bench was originally committed to play for Rice, but when Bill O'Brien was hired to replace Joe Paterno he reopened his recruiting and chose Penn State after his visit.

"They were pretty excited. They got a quarterback for the future. Hopefully I fulfill my goals and become as good as I can."

"I think they're excited to get Steven," adds head football coach Tom Fallaw. "I know Steven is excited to go there. I think it's a good fit for him and I think he's that caliber of a quarterback."

He's part of the first recruiting class after Joe Paterno. Just like the rest of the team, he's ready to leave the incident involving Jerry Sandusky in the past and focus on the future.

Bench adds, "When I went up there on the visit I was kind of skeptic of the whole scandal and stuff but everyone there understands that you can't do anything about it. The only thing you can do is move on and work hard."

Which is what landed this small town quarterback a scholarship with a major division one school.

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