Arkansas could very well have its first defensive end that was born in Maryland, raised in Germany and who picked up the sport of football in Forrest City.
That's the path that brought virtual unknown Tevin Beanum (6-4, 235) to the Razorbacks' Elite Camp on Saturday and his performance could lead into a scholarship offer from Arkansas soon.
Not bad for a young man who has played just two years of football – one in the seventh grade and last year as a junior at Forrest City.
"I just talked to (Arkansas) Coach John L. Smith and he liked that I was athletic and said he wanted to see some film," Beanum said. "I guess he was also intrigued by last year being my first year to play…He said there was a possibility of me playing here and that I looked like I could put some meat on my bones."
Beanum – who has some small-school offers - was born in Pasadena, Maryland, where his dad worked for the Department of Defense – something that eventually led to the move to Germany.
The family then arrived back in the United States and decided to set up shop in Forrest City.
"To be honest when I moved down when I was 10 years old, I grew up watching Arkansas from then on," Beanum said. "I started off not really liking the sport, but I started watching the sport and I wanted to be like them and then be in a position where I could earn a scholarship. It feels kind of like a dream."
Beanum took advantage of his opportunity to work before Arkansas' coaches on Saturday as did 435 other campers.
He lined up at defensive end as he does for the Mustangs.
"I think I did pretty well," Beanum said. "I think I got better as the camp went along. These coaches taught me new techniques. I have been going to camps throughout the whole summer and my technique has improved. I think I improved a lot today. I learn more here than I have at any other camp this summer."
Beanum, who said he had 50-plus tackle, 5 sacks and 3 fumble recoveries, liked what he saw from Arkansas' coaches.
"The coaches were hard, but fair," Beanum said. "If I messed up, they let me know but they also let me know how I could fix it. They made me a better player today."
Beanum has also been to camps as Arkansas Tech, UAPB, Harding and Arkansas State this summer.
"I have been to Arkansas Tech, I have been to UAPB, to Harding University, ASU several times," Beanum said.
"Last year was my first year to play in high school," Beanum said. "I played in junior high in the seventh grade, but had not played since then."
"I have an offer from Ouachita Baptist, from Harding, from UAPB," Beanum said. "Arkansas Tech is not a solid offer, but they told me that I will receive one. Arkansas State is also a possibility."
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