MILLEDGEVILLE — Finishing out his high school career as a senior at Georgia Military Prep School, Nick Bentley made the commitment to continue playing football at Georgia Military College this week with family and friends in attendance.
Bentley was considered one of the top performers on the Bulldogs’ defense last fall, notching 51 tackles on the season in addition to two interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
“Yeah, we didn’t have him for four years — I wish I could have — but Nick’s an outstanding football player,” GMC Prep head coach Steven Simpson said. “Transferring in as a senior, you know, he wasn’t one of the guys that was a big ‘rah, rah’ guy, but he led the team with his actions and his abilities.
“One the things that I think will be a stamp that he left on the program, is that he taught some of our guys that it’s all right to be aggressive, but then be a nice guy off the field. He would just assume knock your head off between the lines, but be your best friend off of it.”
The stout senior will now take his aggressive mentality on defense to the junior college level, where Simpson is sure his skills will be further developed for a higher level of play in the future.
“It’s going to allow him two more years developing his skills, continuing to build,” Simpson said. “Maybe he didn’t have the big-time Division I offers this year, but he has the ability to have that. On a daily basis you see big-time Division I schools coming through here recruiting some of the guys from the junior college. He’s going to have a lot more exposure and it’s going to give him the opportunity to go through the recruiting process all over again at some point, we hope.”