Joe Bean from Hooker, Okla., a small town in the Sooner State panhandle, is getting heavy Division 1 interest. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound athlete is getting offers at defensive back, but some schools, like Arkansas State, think Bean may make a fine college quarterback, the position he plays in high school.
"I've got a great relationship with Brandon Hall," said Joe Bean. "He was telling me I could come in and be their quarterback and play like a Cam Newton-style role in their offense. They also like me at safety. I think Coach Hall is a great guy. Since they started showing interest in me I've been studying up on the school. I was supposed to go one weekend but it didn't work out, so I'm hoping to make it down there soon.
"I feel like I would excel at playing free safety in college, but I love a challenge. Quarterback isn't the easiest position to play, but I'm definitely open to it."
One thing you can't coach is speed and bean has plenty to spare. At a National Underclassmen Combine in Oklahoma, Bean ran a 4.44 40-yard dash and was awarded "Fastest Man" and "Combine King". He did even better at the Texas Tech camp when he ran a 4.39. Currently, he holds offers from San Diego State, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Colorado State.
"I'm also getting a lot of interest from Arkansas State, Southern Miss, Kansas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Tulsa, and Kansas State, where I'm going this weekend," Bean adds. "I'm going to wait and see how things go and make a decision around Thanksgiving or Christmas. The three things I'm looking for [in a college] is the education, the atmosphere, and the people. You want to get a good education to fall back on after football. I want to be around good people who are going to be there to support you."
As a junior, Bean threw for 1797 yards and 12 touchdowns and rushed for 1281 and 14 touchdowns. On defense, he made 117 tackles, forced six fumbles, had two sacks, and two interceptions. This year he's hoping for bigger and better things to happen.
"Last year was the first year in 10 years since Hooker made the playoffs," Hooker said. "As a senior and the starting quarterback I want to lead my team to state and give Hooker a season they can be proud of for years to come. Individually, I want to double my stats and not just play well but flourish on the field."
In the spring, bean showed off his speed by running anchor on a track team that took the Oklahoma mile relay state championship. He reports a 3.15 GPA. Bean wears No. 5 for the Bulldogs. They'll start their 2012 season with a home game September 7th against Hollis.