Beck Takes Top League Honors

Vista Murrieta High School outside linebacker Tyler Beck had an outstanding senior season. Both the numbers he put up and the wins he played a key part in explain why he received recruiting attention from programs in the Big XII and Pac-10 conferences. The future Cougar was also recognized as the best in his league, county, region, and the CIF.

BYU bound Tyler Beck joins other top recruits from southern California as league MVP. Beck is in the company of Colorado-bound Norco O-linemen Garth Gerhart and USC-bound linebacker Jordan Campbell.

"I was the Southwestern League defensive MVP," said Beck. "I was All-CIF, All-County and All-Valley."

Beck led a tough Vista Murrieta defense that surrendered only 13.2 points per game. He was first on his team and first in the Southwestern League in sacks. On the season, Beck recorded more sacks than Campbell (6). The future USC Trojan did tally more tackles with 156.

"I had 13 sacks and only 102 tackles as an outside linebacker," Beck said. "I also had four fumble recoveries and I had an interception."

Beck also saw spot duty on offense as a running back.

"I didn't play as much offense as I thought I would have," Beck said. "The coaches pretty much put me in for short yardage situations as a running back. I think I had around eight touchdowns. I felt kind of bad because I know the offense worked so hard to get down towards the end zone and then I get the ball. I was like, ‘Alright thanks guys.' You know what I mean? I kind of felt bad about that sometimes because I know they worked hard to get there."

Beck received an early scholarship offer from the Nebraska Cornhuskers followed by the Cougars of BYU. At first Beck was excited about Nebraska and, at one point, actually favored the storied Husker program over the Cougars. However, it would only be a matter of time before Beck's heart swayed in favor of his church school.

"Oh I'm so excited and was so happy about my decision," Beck said. "After the season, BYU ended up ahead of Nebraska, and one of my initial reasons for wanting to go to Nebraska was that they were a big time football school, but then I realized that football wasn't the only factor that would help me make my final decision, which is why I decided on BYU. Then after the season BYU finished way ahead of Nebraska and that just made me very excited. It was like getting the best of both worlds."

This Friday, Beck will join around 20 on their official recruiting trip to BYU. The campus will be buzzing with Cougar football players hosting recruits, most already committed but a couple still undecided. BYU tight end Vic So'oto will be hosting Upland, California tight end Devin Mahina on his official recruiting visit this weekend.

"I'm flying up on Friday, and I'll be there for Saturday and Sunday," Beck said. "I guess all the recruits are going up at the same time. I'm really excited about it, but I'm not sure what we're going to do. What ever it is I'm sure it will be fun."

With fresh powder on the ground, chances are high that all of the recruits will be heading out to enjoy the Wasatch beauty and snow on the backs of snowmobiles. The recruits would be wise to remember one piece of advice: the trees don't move.

"I'll keep that in mind," laughed Beck when he learned of the history of recruiting trip snowmobile fender benders. "I'll make sure to watch out for them, that's for sure." will check back with the visiting prospects soon after they return home.

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