Wednesday, March 27, 2013
It's a big offseason for Beggs
By Erik McKinney
NEWBURY PARK -- Randy Beggs (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) might have made a three-hour drive for last weekend's Gamebreaker Classic at Newbury Park (Calif.) High School, but his performance at safety during the two-day event proved that the 6-foot, 180-pound athlete has found a home.
Beggs began his high school career as a quarterback, then moved to wide receiver during his sophomore season. He started there to begin his junior season, but was moved to safety halfway through the season. And while the late position switch left Beggs without a lot of film at safety, he's happy for the change.
"I've absolutely taken to it," Beggs said. "I love being on that side of the ball and being able to come downhill in a playmaker's position and serve as the captain of the defense. I get to be that guy people go to for questions and answers on the defense."
Beggs played safety for seven games last year and racked up 51 tackles and two interceptions. Much of what he accomplished was overshadowed by his safety partner, Su'a Cravens, who is now turning heads as an early enrollee at USC. But Beggs was grateful for the opportunity to learn from the standout safety.
"I was lucky to have Su'a there for my first year at safety," Beggs said. "But we lost our entire secondary except for me. So now I'm that guy -- the senior who has to help the younger guys come up. I have to be that guy who makes the plays this year, so I'm excited."
Beggs was the defensive standout on Day 1 of the Gamebreaker Classic, as he recorded two interceptions and a handful of pass deflections. Chris Claiborne, who coaches the Gamebreakers team Beggs plays for, raved about his safety.
"He brings that dynamic to the team we were missing," Claiborne said. "He plays the game really hard. He takes it back to the essence of the game -- playing hard, making plays."
Beggs is hearing from several schools at this point, including Boise State, Colorado and several Big Sky Conference schools. But those around him believe that a full season at safety could lead to increased interest from FBS programs. If Beggs' season started this past weekend, he's certainly off to a good start.