Noles Are Looking At Wisconsin ATH

One of Florida State's biggest priorities for the Class of 2005 is to sign a couple of big-time defensive end prospects. The Noles are searching across the country to fill that huge need and it sounds like the Seminole coaching staff will be making a trip up to the state of Wisconsin to check out an athlete that might be able to fit that pressing need.

Travis Beckum of Oak Creek (WI) is already getting a lot attention. Tennessee, Iowa and Wisconsin have already offered the 6-foot-5 and 218 pound athlete with 4.5 40-yard dash speed. Several other teams are taking a close look, including Florida State and Miami.

"Florida State called up to my school yesterday," Beckum said. "They said that I look like a quick, fast defensive end and that they are probably coming up next week to check me out. Miami has already called also and one of their coaches is coming up."

Beckum told The that he grew up watching Florida State and Miami play on TV. This past recruiting class the Canes inked his teammate Rhyan Anderson.

"I wouldn't mind playing with Rhyan in college," he said. "However, I'm closer to Raymond Henderson and we would like very much to play together college. Most of the same schools are recruiting us."

What type of player is Beckum?

"My strength is my field awareness," Beckum said.

"He's a versatile athlete that can play anywhere on the field," Oak Creek Head Coach Joe Koch said. "He falls in that super athlete category because he can play wide receiver, tight end, linebacker and defensive end. We moved him all over the place on the field. He's very strong (345 bench press) and he's hard to throw over in coverage (35 inch vertical). He's probably the top prospect in the state."

As a junior, Beckum earned a spot of the 1st team all-state team by recording approximately 80 tackles, 12 sacks and eight interceptions.

At this time the Oak Creek standout is open and he's not sure what schools he'll officially visit.

He is on track to qualify academically with a 3.2 grade point average.

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