Tide vs. Tigers
Kendell Beckwith, four-star outside linebacker from Clinton-East Feliciana, La., plans a spring visit to the University of Alabama. The Tide is having success recruiting the Bayou State.
"I have about seven or eight offers right now," said Beckwith. "I have offers from LSU, Alabama, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Nebraska and ULL. Those are really the only schools I talk to.
"I am hoping to go to Alabama for their spring game or at least one of their spring practices. LSU and Alabama are recruiting me the hardest right now. They are going at it pretty good."
Alabama and LSU battle for top recruits on a regular basis. The Tide landed the top two prospects in Louisiana in the 2012 class with Landon Collins and Denzel Devall.
"My favorites are Alabama and LSU," Beckwith said. "Both of the schools are pretty much equal right now. I have visited both schools. I have been up to Alabama four or five times. I want to make my decision at the end of my senior season or at the U.S. Army All-American game."
The 6-foot-2.5, 228-pound prospect is recruited by Alabama assistant coach Burton Burns who is one of the Tide's top recruiters.
"I really like the staff at Alabama," Beckwith said. "They are real cool. They have a nice school. I feel like I would fit in well with their 3-4 defensive scheme. I have a good relationship with coach Burns. We are real close."
Beckwith didn't necessarily grow up a huge fan of the home-state school, but he has family ties to the LSU program.
"The people around me definitely grew up LSU fans," he said. "I wasn't really into it too much. I watched them because I had a cousin who played there. I am open to leaving the state."
Beckwith plays on both sides of the ball in high school as a quarterback and defensive end. He projects as a outside linebacker at the next level.
"Ole Miss is actually recruiting me as a quarterback," Beckwith said. "I want to play defense in college though. I feel like outside linebacker is my best position for the future. All the other schools are recruiting me for defense."
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