TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- ESPN 150 athlete Kendell Beckwith (Jackson, La./East Feliciana) has had Nov. 3 circled on the calendar for almost a year now. No, it’s not his birthday. It’s Alabama and LSU (part III) in Death Valley.
Beckwith, who attended last year’s game in Tuscaloosa, has had the Crimson Tide and the Tigers at the top of his list since both schools offered a scholarship. There was no way the Louisiana native was going to miss this game.
“I’m so excited,” Beckwith said. “From what I saw last year, I hope it’s going to be more of the same this year. I just can’t wait to see what kind of game it is. I know it’s going to be close. I can’t wait to see it.”
Last year, Beckwith looked on as LSU defeated Alabama 9-6 in overtime. It was a hard-fought, defensive struggle. The Tide later got their revenge with a victory over the Tigers in the BCS title game, a win that now sets up Saturday’s rubber match.
Both teams lost key components from a year ago, but they both find themselves ranked in the top five heading into Saturday. Alabama, in particular, looks like it hasn’t missed a beat from last season.
“They’re coming off a winning season, and for them to come back and still be winning this season, that shows it’s a great program,” Beckwith said. “Their defense is great. I wouldn’t mind being a part of it. I like how they do things.”
The four-star athlete echoed similar sentiments about the Tigers.
“They’re both coming off winning seasons,” he said. “For [LSU] to come back and still be doing well, that says a lot to me. They have only lost one game so far. Their defense is very good as well.”
Beckwith already visited LSU once this year for the South Carolina game.
“That game was crazy,” he said. “In all of the games I’ve seen, I’ve never seen the LSU fans gets that wild. It was crazy.”
The atmosphere is expected to be even more intense on Saturday when the Tide come to town. As for a prediction, Beckwith didn’t name a winner, but he does believe it could be reminiscent of last year’s contest.
“All I can tell you is I think it’s going to go down to the last couple of minutes,” he said.
The ESPN 150 star still plans to decide between the two schools at the Under Armour All-America Game in January.