The University of South Florida football program received some outstanding news this morning when former Penn State quarterback Steven Bench announced he was transferring to USF.
Bench tweeted, “I’ve decided to attend the University of South Florida and become a bull!! #DoSomething.”
Bench chose South Florida over North Carolina State and Mississippi State, after visits with all three schools.
A Rivals’ and 247 three-star recruit out of Cairo, Georgia, Bench saw action as in two games for the Nittany Lions last year and figured to compete for the starting job in 2013.
Upon the arrival of junior college transfer Tyler Ferguson and incoming freshman Christian Hackenberg, Bench opted to transfer.
Due to last year’s sanctions following the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State, Bench will not have to sit out a year and is eligible to play in the 2013 season.
Bench has three years of eligibility remaining and will battle for the starting job with senior Bobby Eveld and redshirt sophomore Matt Floyd.
A dual-threat quarterback who can help install Willie Taggart’s new offense, Bench fills a huge void for the Bulls after the loss of four-year starter B.J. Daniels.