LB From Montgomery Has Early Favorite

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Montgomery, Ala.--In what could have been the most impressive position group at Saturday's Combine in Tuscaloosa, a number of talented linebackers made positive impressions with their efforts at the event.

One of those players was Jeff Davis's Jonathan Beasley, who measured in at 6-1 1/2 and 210-pounds. However, his speed, which was timed at a blazing 4.52 in the 40, was even more impressive than his size.

The talented prospect, who also turned in a good effort of 31 inches in the vertical jump, says he really enjoyed the chance to see how he measured up to some of the best talent in the Southeast.

"It was nice," he notes about the experience. "I liked to see all of the talent that was around and see where I need to get myself.

"It felt good," he adds about working with such a talented group. "My fellow linebackers, I am trying to get where they are at like Eltoro (Eltoro Freeman, a Benjamin Russell standout). He has got a lot of scholarship offers and I am trying to get there, too."

Beasley, who recorded 86 tackles and six sacks as a junior, says that he believes that his efforts showed that he could hang with the best. "I feel like I am right behind them, neck and neck, right there," he explains.

The talented linebacker says that his best attribute on the field is his knack for finding the football and adds that he would like to continue to work on his speed and endurance heading into his senior season.

Prior to his performance on Saturday, Beasley had already picked up one scholarship offer and was receiving a good bit of attention from some big-time programs as well.

"I have got an offer from Southern Miss," he notes. "And, I am hearing a lot from LSU, Florida, Alabama and Georgia Tech. Oh yeah, and Auburn, too."

Now, following such a strong performance at the combine, the interest level in the linebacker is likely to increase, and with his proclaimed early leader, Tuscaloosa was the perfect venue for him to show off his skills.

"LSU, Alabama and Florida and I like Alabama the most out of all of them," he says of his current leaders. "Yeah, I am a big Alabama fan. If they offer, I will probably go there."

He does note, however, that the Bengal Tigers and Gators are still in the hunt as well. "LSU and Florida, they have tradition, their team is always good and they like to send linebackers to the pros," he adds.

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