Friday, December 21, 2012
Beckwith down to LSU, Alabama
By Gary Laney
BATON ROUGE, La. -- ESPN 150 athlete Kendell Beckwith (Clinton, La./East Feliciana) visited Alabama in early December, then got a home visit later in the month from LSU head coach Les Miles.
If it sounds like a two-horse race, Beckwith said as much Thursday.
"I may visit other schools," he said. "But it's a two-team race."
Even though he is Louisiana's top-rated player, Kendell Beckwith will strongly consider Alabama along with LSU.
Louisiana's top-rated player will announce the winner on Jan. 4 at the Under Armor All-American Game. Here's where it gets tricky: His official visit to LSU is two weeks later on Jan. 18.
Does that mean he's planning an LSU announcement, followed by the long-awaited official visit?
Beckwith said the in-home visit from Miles and recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson went well last week.
"They didn't really have to show me anything," he said. "I'm comfortable with them."
Beckwith has attended several LSU games over the years and has a comfort level with the LSU staff. He noted that playing at a school just 30 minutes from his hometown would be good for his family, and added that "it's like family there."
But it's not all LSU. The timing of his announcement could also mean he'll announce Alabama, then cancel the LSU visit.
After all, he came back from Tuscaloosa impressed.
"I like the way they run things there," he said. "It was very well organized. And I like the town. I'm from a little, small town and it felt like home there."
He said it doesn't matter to him how he's used, which is interesting considering his versatility. In LSU's 4-3 scheme, he'd either have to play a true linebacker spot or put a hand on the ground at end. At Alabama, he could be an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense.
If he has a preference, he's not giving hints.
"Doesn't matter to me," he insists. "I'll play any way they want me to play."
So long as it's LSU or Alabama utilizing him, he's happy with however he's used.
He's just not tipping his hand on which it will be.