Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Beckwith assures no family fireworks
By Corey Long
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The scenario seems strangely familiar. A top-ranked Louisiana prospect will make a decision between Alabama and LSU at the Under Armour All-America Game, which will be televised live at 5 p.m. ET Friday on ESPN from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.
Last year, Landon Collins' decision to go to Alabama made for compelling television as his mother, sitting with him during the live announcement, clearly did not approve of his choice.
ESPN 150 athlete Kendell Beckwith (Jackson, La./East Feliciana) says not to expect any drama this year, as his family will be happy with whichever school he chooses.
“I have the full support of my family with either program,” said Beckwith, the nation's No. 2 athlete. “They feel comfortable with me at Alabama or LSU, so there won’t be any issues.”
Beckwith says that he hears about the comparison occasionally and admits that he is hearing from LSU about staying home and erasing the memories of last year's loss to Bama in the national championship game.
“Oh, you hear it all the time but that’s because they are great fans that want to see the team get the best players,” the four-star prospect added. “I think it’s a compliment that they think so much of me to make sure I’m staying true to the state school.”
Beckwith says his mind is made up for the most part, and his experiences at both programs reminded him of why they are at the top of the rankings on an annual basis.
“The structure that both Alabama and LSU offer is the best,” he said. “They put you in position to succeed on and off the field and it’s up to the player to do the work and get the most out of the experience.”