Wait and See

Have skill, will travel. Wisconsin athlete Travis Beckum isn't opposed to playing far from home at the next level. But with the offers pouring in, the question lies in what direction he will be going.

South is one option. Beckum said he plans to make official visits to both Florida State and Miami in the fall.

"Miami is one of the top programs in the nation and its nice to know I'm on thier radar screen. Plus they have guys who go in the first round every single year."

Standing 6'4" and weighing in at 225 pounds, Beckum has the build of former Miami TE Kellen Winslow, Jr. He also has the versatility, having lined up at wide reciever, linebacker and defensive end for his Oak Creek, Wis. squad. Beckum is also a standout on the hardwood and has been helping with a youth basketball camp during the past week.

"Florida State also has a great program and I've talked some with their coaches," said Beckum who will officially visit Michigan, as well."

Beckum plans to make the most of his campus trips.

"I've never been to these places so I just have to go on what I've heard about them. Right now I don't really have any favorites but I'm sure I will once I get out and visit some places."

"I have to find what fits me best."

The best fit involves early playing time, though Beckum is also realistic.

"I want to play a little bit as a freshman to get a feel," he said. "I don't expect to start but I'd like to play a role."

Beckum - who was born in Orange County and has lived in Detroit - also has interest from USC, Oklahoma and Tennessee, among others. He also has an offer to play in his backyard - Wisconsin is also in the running for his services.


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