2016 Linebacker Talks Recruitment
While going under the radar for most of last season, Indian River High School’s (Va.) Tavante Beckett has continued to motivate himself to work hard and is now starting to see it pay off with big time offers. The outside linebacker has received a total of six offers in a short period of time. In the last 10 days alone Virginia Tech, Wisconsin and East Carolina have offered him. The 6-foot, 215-pound linebacker said that ECU was definitely one of the schools he was looking at. While looking at all of the decisions Beckett would like to make sure that wherever he ends up at, his family and friends will be able to watch him play. “It means a lot. If my mom can’t make it to the game I want her to be able to turn on the TV and watch me play,” Beckett said. “She usually makes a lot of my decisions and I trust her 100 percent but now it’s like I have to make this decision and she trusts me 100 percent.” While the offers continue to come in, Beckett would like to take his time to choose the perfect fit. “I don’t plan on having a time table for my decision, but if I feel comfortable and that’s where I want to play I wouldn’t wait too long,” Beckett said. ECU played the majority of their games last season on national television so that shouldn’t hold Beckett back. While Beckett wants to play on national television for his family he has other factors that will play a big role. Beckett would like to go somewhere he feels comfortable and where he can get on the field early and often, he said he did not want to wait until his senior season to get on the field. The linebacker believes he carries himself different from other players on the field. “I go hard every play,” Beckett said. “A lot of people take plays off but with me I carry something on my back being underrated and overlooked so every play I go hard. The plays they take off are the plays I go harder.” While listed as an outside linebacker, Beckett believes he brings a lot more to a team than that. Last season as a junior Beckett recorded 16 sacks, 135 tackles, four blocked punts and four blocked field goals. With another season left to play at Indian River, Beckett has set personal goals for himself. “I’d love to get bigger and faster. As far as next year goes I’d like to top my stats,” he said. After having to prove himself to a lot of Division 1 schools Beckett still has a long way to travel before he reaches his long-term goal of making it to the NFL. While seeming far away just a short time ago, the offers have started flowing in and it gives Beckett hope that his hard work will pay off. “I just feel like I have something to prove so that’s what motivates me the most,” Beckett added.
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