December 11, 2007
Dantonio visits New Jersey LB
Back in May SpartanMag.com scouted New Jersey linebacker Dwayne Beckford of Irvington High at the Rutgers NIKE Camp. Beckford was one of the players we watched extensively in drills and snapped numerous photos of. At the time we did not know he would become a top priority for Michigan State, but that is definitely the case.
The 6-foot1, 218-pound Beckford had an outstanding senior year and has picked up an impressive list of scholarships that includes offers from BCS Conference programs like Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Purdue Connecticut and Syracuse. He also holds a host of scholarships from smaller conference schools such as East Carolina, Temple and Toledo.
Beckford took a visit to Michigan State two weeks ago and came away impressed. Last night he was able to sit down with Spartan Head Coach Mark Dantonio and Linebacker Coach Mike Tressel and talk about his future.
"It went real well," Beckford said. "Coach Dantonio and Coach Tressel got to meet my family. They also met my two little sisters. We had a good time."
Did they talk about the opportunity for you at Michigan State?
"Yes, we talked about the depth chart and how I would have a chance to play early," he stated. "We also talked about school and other things, not just football."
So is Michigan State in a good position right now?
"Yes, Michigan State is definitely one of my favorites," Beckford said. "Michigan State and Temple as well as Purdue. Those are the main three. Coach Al Golden (Temple) is supposed to come a visit with me on Thursday."
As far as when a decision could be made Beckford stated the following:
"I think it will be around the holidays. I don't think it will go much longer than that."
It has been speculated that the Spartans are looking to add two more linebacker recruits to the class of 2008. The fact that Coach Dantonio was visiting Beckford is a sure that the Spartans staff is hoping that one of those spots is filled by him.
Getting a player from New Jersey is always a positive. Over the years, the Garden State has provided Michigan State with some outstanding players. Current New Jersey products Joanl Saint-Dic, Oren Wilson, Jesse Miller and Rob Tabatchnick were all key contributors to the Spartans resurgence under Coach Dantonio.
It is obvious by looking at Beckford is that he is physically ready to play college football. That is one of the reasons why the Spartans have made him a priority for the class of 2008. The loss of senior linebackers SirDarean Adams, Kaleb Thornhill and Rob Tabatchnick, means that the opportunity for early playing time is there.
Rivals.com rated Beckford as a 2-star recruit. Don' be surprised if Beckford moves up to a 3-star recruit when the rankings are updated later month. Beckford offer list coupled with his performance at the NIKE camp is more than enough to warrant that bump.
SpartanMag.com will be following up with Beckford in the near future
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