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Friday, March 22, 2013
Longhorns offer Florida LB during visit

By William Wilkerson

The Longhorns have offered yet another out of state recruit in 2014.

The latest is outside linebacker Andrew Beck (Tampa, Fla./Plant), who picked up his fourth offer on Friday during the second day of his unofficial visit to Texas.

“I was very fortunate to get offered,” he said.

Beck (6-foot-3, 226 pounds) started the day by going to class with former Plant teammate Trey Holtz and some other Longhorns players and then had meetings with defensive coordinator Manny Diaz and head coach Mack Brown.

“Coach Diaz took me to Coach Brown’s office and he asked me about everything that I liked, and I told him it was a dream of mine to visit,” Beck said. “Then he said, ‘You do have a scholarship here.’ I was very thankful.

“It was really unbelievable. As a little kid growing up that’s what you dream of, to go into his office.”

One of the main reasons the Longhorns began recruiting Beck was because of his roots in the Lone Star State. He lived here from fourth to eighth grade while his father was stationed at Fort Hood.

“He knew that I was from Texas going in,” Beck said of Brown. “That was a big part of him recruiting me, the fact that I’m from Texas and that I was still a resident here. I told him how proud I was to be able to come visit and hopefully come back and play football here. We’ll see what happens. I’ve got a couple of other offers and spring football. We’ll see what happens.”

Those other offers are from Florida State, Kentucky and Miami. Right now all four schools are pretty even.

“They are still all on the same level field,” he said. “We are still at that period where we are collecting data and taking a look at all of them. This doesn’t change a lot. Obviously it’s not just another school but that’s how I have to treat it right now.”

Beck plans on making his decision on July 14 at his high school, the day before his father leaves for Army obligations.

The Longhorns have a commitment at the position in 2014 in ESPN Watch List outside linebacker Cameron Hampton (Dallas/Carter).