Beard: Serving his country is an honor

Although Caleb Benenoch received most of the recruiting attention this season at Seven Lakes High School in Katy, Texas, Davis Beard found his niche at left tackle and bolstered his recruiting status as well. Look inside to find out more about this future Air Force Falcon.

The 6-foot-4, 270-pound offensive lineman gave his verbal pledge to the Air Force Academy in November and couldn't be any happier about the commitment.

"It was around mid-November when I called Coach Russ, who recruits my area to make my commitment," said Davis Beard. "The benefits I'll have after football played a major part in my decision. I think that having a degree from the Air Force Academy is a big thing that will help take you far in life. The opportunity to serve my country is a tremendous honor. I've loved planes since I was little. It's my goal to become a pilot.

"When it comes to college football programs, it doesn't get better than Air Force. They've been to bowl games six straight seasons. This year they're playing in the Armed Forces Bowl. I've always loved watching the military academies play one another and see who gets the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy. I think playing in the triple option is a good fit for me. It suits my style of play. I think I'm a fast offensive lineman and I'll be doing a lot of cutting and scooping. I'm not sure yet if I'll be at tackle or guard. They said I'm capable of playing either position."

Beard was on the Air Force campus in June for a camp, but due to a hectic football schedule he didn't have the chance to make a return visit during the Falcons season. A two-year starter at Texas 5A Seven Lakes, Beard was pleased with his team getting into the playoffs in his senior season.

"It was the first season we won our way into the playoffs instead of somebody losing and us getting in," explained Beard. "We had new coaches this year and a new system with the spread offense. I felt like I improved upon my reach and my blocks on screen passes."

Beard said he will likely make his official visit to the Colorado Springs campus in early February. After graduation from Seven Lakes in the Greater Houston area, Beard plans on going to the Prep School to get his bearings before embarking on life at the Academy as a full-time student/athlete.

"I think that route will help me get adjusted to the military lifestyle," he said. "Every coach and player I talked to recommending going to Prep first. My cousin played football for West Point and that's what he did. It seems like the best way to go for me."

Beard was coached in his senior season by Lydell Wilson. He was a four year player on varsity and wore number-73 for the Spartans.

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