Air Force, Army were first to offer Bequette

Luc Bequette is no stranger to new environments. The 6-foot-2, 290-pound lineman will be playing for his third school in the last three years when he suits this fall at Little Rock (Ark.) Catholic. Bequette has offers from Army, Air Force, and Louisiana-Monroe and hopes to turn more heads at camps this summer.

"My dad is a financial adviser," Bequette told "Many of his clients are college and professional football coaches. "The (Army) offer went through my father. He forgot to tell me when they offered so I really don't even know when it was. It I had to say, it probably was late March. They told my dad that if I was interested in them, which I am, then they want me. I haven't yet heard from the coaching staff. I knew Coach (John) Mumford, but he's now at ULM.

"Army was my second offer. Air Force was my first. I just got off the phone with Coach (Clay) Hendrix. He thought, from looking at my highlights, that I move well. Like the other schools that are recruiting me, he wasn't sure which side of the line I would play on (in college). Since he's the offensive line coach, I think he's leaning more toward there. He told me likes my character.

"I have been to Air Force and to West Point before, but it's been awhile. I think we're planning on visiting both over the summer."

In Illinois, Bequette began his prep career at St. Thomas More in Champaign. Then he transferred to Centennial (also in Champaign) as a junior. He'll finish at Catholic which competes in Arkansas 7A, the largest classification in the state.

"Last year, I went to the Arkansas camp and did real well," Bequette said. "Coach Bielema said he liked what I did and that they'd be looking more at me. Having played at three schools in three years, I kind of fell off their radar. I still get mail, but I'm hoping to go back to camp this year and make a big impression.

"I think going to one of the military academies is my number one option. It really does. Unless I get an offer from one of the big BCS schools, I definitely think I will be at one of the academies.

"The new coach at Army is going to get things turned around from what people tell me. It's going to be fun to watch how this season pans out for him in his first year."

Bequette will most likely play center and defensive tackle this year at Catholic although he said he loves coming off the edge at defensive end. Other schools showing interest include Memphis, Arkansas State, and Cal. Top Stories