Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco cornerback Traveon Beck was scheduled to make his college commitment this coming Wednesday, with two of his Braves teammates. One phone call on Saturday changed all of that.
“I think I might have to push that back,” said Beck, who grew up admiring DeSean Jackson and Marshawn Lynch, and who just so happened to get what he called his “dream offer” on Saturday from California. “I really thought I was ready to commit, but I’ve got to push it back.”
He wants to push it back, in fact, until he can take one more visit, to Berkeley.
“I’ll definitely be visiting some time soon, like, really soon,” he said.
Best day of my life ????— TRAVEON BECK? (@HeyImTray) May 16, 2015
When Beck got his offer on Saturday, he literally leaped for joy, turning what was a mediocre day after losing in the finals of a 7-on-7 tournament into the best day of Beck’s life.
“I was walking to my car, and one of the graduate assistants, he told me that coach [Greg] Burns wanted to talk to me, so I called coach Burns,” Beck said. “I was walking with D.J. Morgan and Malik Street at the time, and we were all walking to the car. I called coach Burns, and I didn’t really expect it. He called and asked me how we did, and we’d just lost in the championship to Mater Dei in the 7-on-7 finals, so I wasn’t down, but it was a whatever day. Then, coach Burns offered me. I started running around the parking lot.”
There are, incidentally, DVD extras and deleted scenes from the eight-second clip shown above, of Beck properly losing his mind while shouting, ‘CalGang 2016!’
“Yeah, yeah, yeah, he has many more videos,” laughed Beck, referring to Street. “There were a lot of things I wanted to say. I was just overflowing with so much excitement about the offer. I didn’t say too much after [CalGang], but I said a lot in the beginning stages.
“It was a dream come true. For your favorite school to offer you, there’s nothing like that.”
What makes the Bears such a dream for Beck? Well, for starters, from watching them as a youth, and he also has a connection with former Bosco Brave, Bryce Treggs.
“I kind of talk to Bryce. He told me a lot about the school, and he told me how much of a great place it is. I guess he kind of persuaded me to like Cal, but I’ve always liked Cal,” Beck said. “I just feel like they have a great program. They’re the No. 1 public university in the world, you can’t just pass that up. It’s just something about that school. I’ve pretty much always liked Cal, ever since I was a kid.”
Beck has a 3.3 GPA, and took two Advanced Placement classes last year– Human Geography and World History – and got a B in each.
On the field, Beck is a burner. He’s not the biggest corner at 5-foot-9, but plays bigger than his size, and is aggressive in pass coverage, but excels in playing off because of his ability to change direction and turn and run with the fastest receivers. He’s also able to make plays on bigger receivers – as he did last year on the 7-on-7 circuit against Trent Irwin.
“Their defense is getting better, year-by-year,” Beck said of the Bears. “They talked to me about the cornerback play, and how they need a playmaker in their secondary. I feel like I could go there and be that playmaker for them, help their – our – defense get a little better. It’s a good thing to have fun on the field, and just keep getting better.”