Tevin Beanum is emerging as a worthwhile prospect for Arkansas State after a convincing first-year at Forrest City (Ark.) High School and an equally solid showing on the summer camp circuit. The 6-foot-4, 235-pound defensive end has been to three camps this summer in Jonesboro and was also at Saturday's Junior/Senior Prospect Camp in Fayetteville.
"Arkansas State haven't actually offered me," said Tevin Beanum, "but they are showing me interest. I've talked with Dean Jackson and Brandon Hall, but most of my communication has been with Coach Ingram, the defensive line coach, through my coach.
"The first camp I went to [at Arkansas State] I was a little nervous because it was the first one I went to solo. It was a Division 1 school and my nerves were really going. As the day went along, I got more comfortable and was able to relax and perform better. Coach Ingram said he liked how well I listened. he's looking for players with coachability. Since I'm not quite there yet with technique, I tried to bull rush and overpower people. He was teach me me how to work the half-man off the edge and using my hands to get off the defender."
Since his junior year was his first playing football, Beanum wasn't on many people's radar coming into the season. Currently, he holds offers from Arkansas Tech, Harding, Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Ouachita Baptist, but many colleges seem intrigued by Beanum's raw athleticism and size.
"In the second game of the year against Marion I made three plays in a row," he said. "We were losing badly. The coach came up to me after the game and told me how much he loved my heart and the starting job was mine. I had 51 tackles, 21 solo and 30 assisted, three fumble recoveries, and three sacks. I even ran a kickoff return back for a touchdown.
"I didn't know if I wanted to play. The coaches always said I had the frame and size [for football] and if I applied myself who knows what can happen. I feel like I've become a much better player from camps and off-season workouts and I'm ready to have a productive senior year. I've got tenacity and go at it on every rep."
Beanum's family has lived in Maryland and Germany before settling in Arkansas when he was ten. An excellent student, Beanum scored a 27 on the ACT and reports a 3.6 GPA at Forrest City. He says academics are the most important factor in a college decision and plans on studying Veterinary Medicine or Engineering. Beanum said he will probably wait until Signing Day to make his final decision on where he'll be attending college.