The Texas Longhorns’ recruiting momentum remained locked in overdrive Tuesday with the commitment of Tampa, FL linebacker Andrew Beck. The third pledge in as many days (along with Otaro Alaka and Courtney Garnett), Beck becomes the 14th member of the 2014 class. Beck chose the Longhorns over the likes of Oklahoma, Miami, and Florida State.
At 6’3″, 230 lbs. (as a high school junior), Beck has all the makings of being the physical, hardnosed thumper in the middle that the Texas defense has been sorely searching for. But don’t let his oversized measurables fool you—his highlight reel reveals an exceptional athlete (4.56 in the 40 at a recent combine) who goes both ways in high school as a tight end, fullback, and H-back. And there’s no reason to think he can’t thrive in the spread-obsessed world of the Big 12.
It’s also worth noting that a) Beck is from out of state, and b) Beck is from Florida. When was the last time the Horns pulled a national-level prospect out of the southeast, a region that’s traditionally owned by the SEC? Excluding JUCOs and next-door-neighbor Louisiana, you have to go back to Ben Alexander, the distinguished gentleman from South Carolina, in 2006 to find such a case. While Beck does have ties to Texas (he spent his fourth through eighth grade years in Harker Heights), it’s clear that Mack Brown, along with a young, aggressive coaching staff and a newly-formed player personnel department, is intent on going after the top talent that best fits what the UT program is all about—no matter where it may be.
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