Highlight/Skills Video

University of South Carolina Shane Beamer Camp
about 1 year ago
2023 FBU Top Gun
about 1 year ago
2023 NC State Dave Doeren Football Camp
about 1 year ago
2023 UNC Chapel Hill Mack Brown Football Camp
about 1 year ago

Academic Info


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High School
Cox Mill High School

Academic Accomplishments

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Awards and Activities

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Athletic History

High School History
  • 2024 Varsity Team
  • 2024 Varsity Team Detailed Information

    No stats available.
  • 2023 Varsity Team
  • 2023 Varsity Team Detailed Information

    Jersey Number


    No stats available.
  • 2022 Varsity Team
  • 2022 Varsity Team Detailed Information

    No stats available.
Club Season History
  • 2021 Pine Lake Prep Middle School
    (8th Grade) 8th Grade Middle School Football Team for Pine Lake Preparatory School in Mooresville NC
  • Pine Lake Prep Middle School Detailed Information


    8th Grade Middle School Football Team for Pine Lake Preparatory School in Mooresville NC

    No stats available.

Bennett A. Portaro's Key Stats History

  • 40 Yard Dash
    4.9 Current
    Verified By: LNHS
    Verified On: 04/14/2023
  • 5-10-5 Shuttle
    4.20 Current
    Verified By: G7 QB Skills Event
    Verified On: 04/27/2024
    Rivals Combine_Charlotte Stats_2023
  • Squat
    330 Current
  • Vertical
    23.2 Current
    Rivals Combine_Charlotte Stats_2023
    Verified By: Rivals Combine
    Verified On: 04/01/2023
  • 3 Cone Drill
    7.4 Current
    Verified By: Rivals Combine
    Verified On: 04/01/2023
    Rivals Combine_Charlotte Stats_2023
  • Broad Jump
    110 Current
    Verified By: NXGN Elite Showcase
    Verified On: 04/02/2023


Past Events

Next Level Freshman Classic
Jan 13, 2023 - Jan 15, 2023
King’s Ridge Christian School, Alpharetta, GA
NUC All American Game
Dec 27, 2022 - Dec 30, 2022
Memorial Stadium, Savannah, GA
Awarded Invite as QB
Dec 19, 2022 - Dec 19, 2022
Paradise Sports Complex, Naples, FL
AWARDED INVITE. Top 1% of FBU camp athletes.
QBHitlist State & National Ranking
Aug 13, 2022 - Aug 13, 2022
Ranked #1 in North Carolina, #63 in the United States by QBHitlist (Class of 2026 QB’s)
Scouting Report Posted By QB Hitlist
Aug 02, 2022 - Aug 02, 2022
Scouting Report on Bennett Portaro by QB Hitlist
VTO Sports: All-American Challenge
Jul 08, 2022 - Jul 10, 2022
West Cabarrus Sports Complex, Concord, NC
Awarded Invite to compete as QB. Unable to attend due to already committing to FBU Top Gun National Showcase.
FBU Top Gun National Showcase
Jul 07, 2022 - Jul 10, 2022
Paradise Coast Sports Complex, Naples, FL
Awarded Invite to this National Showcase as a Class of 2026 QB
Awarded Invite to Camp Impact (QB)
Jun 26, 2022 - Jun 28, 2022
Dallas Cowboys Stadium, Dallas, TX
Invite-Only. Awarded to compete as QB.
Will Healy Football Camp
Jun 25, 2022 - Jun 25, 2022
University of North Carolina Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
Competed as Class of 2026 QB
Rahne Mega Camp at Old Dominion University
Jun 18, 2022 - Jun 18, 2022
Powhatan Field, Norfolk, VA
QB invite from Coach Dupuis to compete in major showcase in front of college coaches from across the country.
Dabo Swinney Football Camp
Jun 10, 2022 - Jun 12, 2022
Clemson Football Practice Fields, Clemson, SC
Competed as Class of 2026 QB
Mack Brown Football Camp
Jun 05, 2022 - Jun 05, 2022
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Competed as Class of 2026 QB
Raise The Bar Mega Camp: Drew Cronic Football Camp
Jun 01, 2022 - Jun 01, 2022
Mercer University , Macon, GA
Competed as Class of 2026 QB in front of 250 coaches.
FBU Raleigh
May 21, 2022 - May 21, 2022
Raleigh , Raleigh , NC
Awarded Invite to FBU Top Gun National Showcase in Naples, FL
FBU Charlotte
May 14, 2022 - May 15, 2022
Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
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NXGN Charlotte Elite Camp
Apr 24, 2022 - Apr 24, 2022
Independence HS, Charlotte, NC
Rivals Combine
Mar 19, 2022 - Mar 19, 2022
Nation Ford High School, Charlotte, NC
2021 Pine Lake Prep Football Awards Banquet
Nov 18, 2021 - Nov 18, 2021
Lions Den: The Grey, Mooresville, NC
Bennett Portaro won 2 Awards: 1. Offensive Player of the Year. 2. All Conference QB

Personal Statement

My first media recognition was in 8th grade (November 2021). I was included in an article and tweet by Prep Redzone as a 2026 QB Prospect to watch.  In that 8th grade season, I was awarded All-Conference Quarterback, Offensive Player of the Year and Team Captain. I averaged over 1TD every quarter, throughout both the season and postseason.

In 2022, I was awarded an invite as a QB to the FBU Top Gun National Showcase; awarded an invite to the FBU Futures Showcase (FBU’s Top 1%); awarded an invite to compete in the All-American Challenge; an invite to compete at Camp Impact (QB) at the Dallas Cowboys stadium; an invite to join play at the Next Level Freshman Classic; and awarded an invite to the NUC All American Game.

I am excited to be playing on both our JV and Varsity Football team as a Freshman.  

In July 2022, I received my NCAA Eligibility Number (2207600896) and received a 247sports profile by an Auburn sportswriter:


In May 2022, I was ranked #1 in the US by Ryzer TAP for 2026 QB’s.  I mention that because I have been told that my accuracy and ability to avoid the rush is directly tied to it.

I am currently 6’2”and the chiropractor thinks that I will end up being 6’ 3”, based upon the room left in my growth plates.  My wing span is 6’5”, my hands are 10”.

I’ve been working with private QB coaches for 4 years. 2 of them have trained Will Grier and Sam Hartman.  They have taught me the tremendous advantages of studying HUDL game film and how to identify the weaknesses of my opponents.

My Ryzer TAP assessment shows that my personality type is a “Rocket” with very high rankings in focus-speed, mental toughness, mental execution, composure, attention to detail, decisiveness, grit and coachability.

Academics are extremely important to me and my family. My dad was raised by a Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant and raises me the same way. I have a 4.13 grade point average my Freshman year and was part of the Duke TIP Program. I plan to study computer engineering.

Personally, I enjoy spending time with the Bethel Youth Group at my church.  I also like spending time with Alongside Families, a charity that my family started which helps homeless mothers and their children.

The fear of someone else working harder than me at QB motivates me every day. I am never late and always at the front of the room, with full eye contact toward the person speaking.  

Choosing the right leader is really important.  If you put your faith in me, I will NOT let you, your team or your school down. I lead by example.

TAP Athletic Type

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Coach References

  • Coach Jardale Blakeney
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  • JD Haglan
    Private Coach
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  • Jonathan Oliphant
    High School Head Coach
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  • DJ McFadden
    Private Coach
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  • Sean Fitzgerald
    High School Assistant Coach
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Contact Info

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