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Sunday, November 4, 2012
Kendell Beckwith likes 'crazy' Death Valley

By David Helman

Kendell Beckwith was a bit burnt out after Saturday night's thrilling proceedings in Tiger Stadium.

Asked what he thought of his visit to LSU's game -- a heartbreaking, last-minute 21-17 defeat to No. 1 Alabama -- Beckwith replied with a simple, "Pretty good."

What? A back-and-forth affair between two heated rivals, and last year's BCS championship game participants? Just "pretty good?" Pressed to elaborate, the No. 15 recruit in the nation laughed.

"No, it really did live up the hype. I'm just tired, man. I didn't get back until 1 o'clock," Beckwith said. "I was really excited, just like always."

The tilt between the Tigers and the Tide was Beckwith's second trip to Death Valley this season. The first was for LSU's 23-21 win over South Carolina -- another thriller, but one that Beckwith said couldn't measure up to Saturday.

"What I took out of it more is probably how crazy the atmosphere is at LSU -- how crazy it can really get," he said. "I never thought it could get much crazier at night in Tiger Stadium than it was for South Carolina. ...  I thought I had seen it as bad as it could get as far as the fans go, but this game, man. They were crazy as far as hollering. Just all night. I see why it's hard for teams to come in there and win."

Beckwith has now seen his fair share of LSU games. His next move is hopefully to head to Tuscaloosa, Ala., this weekend to see the Crimson Tide in their home environment against Texas A&M. But the the Louisiana high school playoffs, which start this weekend, are bound to complicate those plans. Beckwith's East Feliciana squad plays Caldwell Parish on the road -- a solid three-hour drive -- to open the playoffs Friday night. The Aggies and Tide kick off at 2:30 p.m. in Tuscaloosa, about a five-hour drive from Beckwith's home in Clinton, La. But the No. 1 athlete in the 2013 class said he fully intends to make the trip.

"I'll probably leave early Saturday morning," he said. "But it probably won't be an official visit, like I had planned, since I have to play on Friday night."

Asked for how the atmosphere in Bryant-Denny Stadium could follow up the Tide's win in Baton Rouge, Beckwith was at a loss.

"Hopefully it's just another really good game," he said.