At The Combine: Jonathan Beasley

Jonathan Beasley said that growing up his favorite school was Alabama. And his favorite college football player has been DeMeco Ryans, the just-graduated Crimson Tide All-America. He was at Alabama's Junior Day. He has been on campus many times. Bama is his "favorite college right now." But...

Although all signs point to Jonathan Beasley becoming an Alabama football player, it will be awhile before anyone knows. Beasley, a 6-2, 210-pound inside linebacker at Jeff Davis High School in Montgomery said that he plans to wait until Signing Day next February to announce his decision.

"Even if I decide before then," he said.

Last Saturday Beasley was one of some 250 outstanding prep players participating in the Combine, one of a handful of such events nationwide. The prestigious combine attracts not only outstanding players, but also college coaches watching for upcoming prospects. Alabama Head Coach Mike Shula was among those in attendance on the Bama practice fields.

Beasley, who ran a 4.52-second 40-yard dash, was a tight end as a tenth grader but was strictly a linebacker last year and will be on defense this year. And he said he is being recruited strictly as a linebacker.

He also hopes to move from the middle linebacker position he is playing in high school to an outside linebacker spot in college.

Last season he was in on 86 tackles and had six sacks.

While all signs seem to point to Alabama, Beasley said he would attend camps at LSU, Florida, and Memphis, as well as Bama. And in addition to the Crimson Tide, he is considering scholarship offers from LSU, Auburn, and Florida.

Beasley enjoyed the competition in the Combine in Tuscaloosa. "I like this," he said. "You get to see all the talent. I see where I've got to get and get to measure myself against the others."

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