Duke Offer Coming For Top Prep QB

With the QB position being tabbed as one of the top priorities in the class of 2005, the Blue Devils have set their sites on one of the nation's best prospects. With an offer likely made official this week, TDD had a chance to catch up with Florida super prep Harrison Beck.

"I'm getting letters and interest from a number of schools," said 6-foot-3, 200 pound Countryside High standout Harrison Beck. "Off the top of my head I am hearing from Florida, LSU, Miami, NC State, Virginia, Arizona, Indiana, Duke, North Carolina, and Nebraska. I think I've gotten letters from over 40 schools."

The many offers began to roll in after a junior season that saw him pass for 2,300 yards and 21 touchdowns against nine interceptions, while completing over 60 percent of his passes. He also added an additional 150 yards on the ground.

Touted as one of the top quarterbacks in the southeast, Beck visited NC State and Virginia last week, and is expected to receive an official offer from Duke this week. Though he did enjoy the visits, Beck is intrigued by what the Blue Devils bring to the table.

"They are a terrific school, and I'm looking to go somewhere that will be able to provide me with a good education. I want to be somewhere that I'll love even if I get hurt and my career ends."

And he's familiar with the region.

"I actually grew up in North Carolina, and like the atmosphere up there. I like how the seasons change and it's never too hot, nor does it get extremely cold. I like that."

So what else is Beck looking for?

"I want to go somewhere that the coaches have a real desire to win. I know everyone says they want to win, but I think you can tell which coaches have that special burning desire to do what they have to do in order to win. That's the kind of coach and program I'm looking for."

When you add all of his physical talents in with an almost 300 lbs. bench and over a 400 lbs. squat, you got yourself a potential star. And that's just on the field. In the classroom he's just as good, sporting a 3.5 GPA.

When asked to describe his game, Beck says he's not someone who's going to run for 1,000 yards on the ground, though he can move around in the pocket when the coaching breaks down and it's up to him to make a play.

"I love throwing the ball downfield, but I know there are things I can work on. For example I love to watch film and I need to improve my feet. Working on that stuff allows me to hit 10-of-10 curl routs instead of something like 7-of-10."

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