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Thursday, March 21, 2013
Fla. LB enjoys first part of Texas visit

By William Wilkerson

The first part of the unofficial visit for one Class of 2014 linebacker is over, and it went as well as both he and the Longhorns could have hoped.

Andrew Beck (Tampa, Fla./Plant) made the trip to Austin with his family on Thursday and got the grand tour of the university.

“I got to go to practice, the dorms, through all the athletic facilities,” Beck said. “They drove me around campus and showed me everything. It was good. I got to meet most of the coaches.”

The main two coaches Beck interacted with were defensive coordinator Manny Diaz and head coach Mack Brown. He was amazed at how interactive they were with him at practice.

“Even at practice in between drills, sometimes even during drills, Coach Diaz would come up and talk with me about what they were doing,” he said. “Coach Brown, I spent a lot of time with him. I was really impressed with how interactive it was while I was at practice. We would talk about this is what we can offer you, and then it would be x’s and o’s. That’s something we will really go over tomorrow is where I will fit in.”

The ease with which Brown was able to communicate with him was very much appreciated by Beck.

“It was great,” he said. “It was awesome to just be able to go back and forth with him. It was really awesome. He was very interactive with the players. He got after him when he had to.”

Beck will spend more one-on-one time with Diaz and Brown on Friday in individual meetings. But before that takes place he’s going to sit in on a class with Trey Holtz, a redshirt freshman quarterback from his high school.

Looking back on the first part of his visit, Beck was thoroughly impressed with Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

“Just getting to go around and see everything. It was as beautiful as I remember it,” he said. “It is absolutely first-class and top-notch. It was really impressive.

“The stadium is gorgeous. It’s an incredible stadium. I am actually looking at it right now. It’s unbelievable.”

After Beck is done with Texas on Friday he’ll travel to Baylor on Saturday to visit the Bears.

Beck, who is 6-foot-3 and 226 pounds, has offers from Florida State, Kentucky and Miami.