Piper LB on the Rise
Standing 6-foot-3, 244-pounds, Colton Beebe is hard to miss. The way he roams the middle of the defense for Piper High School in Kansas City, KS makes him stand out even more. "I'm obviously quite large, at least compared to areas around here," Beebe said with a laugh. "I feel like my game is mainly around the physical aspect, because, as a linebacker, I read real well, so I get to the ball real quick. I'm pretty quick for my size. I feel like I can get around the big linemen and use my quickness." The 2015 prospect has been manning the LB position for the Pirates since his freshman year, making nearly 90 tackles his first year at Piper. He followed it up in 2012 with 114 stops, 10 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 1 INT, 2 pass deflections, 3 forced fumbles, and 1 fumble recovery, earning All-State and All-League honors. Despite all that, 2013 might be the first time he has played his natural position. "Well, this year, I am a true middle linebacker," he said. "Depending on the formations they are running, I go down on the line and play a Mike down effect. It's normally depending on the game. Sometimes I blitz quite a bit, other times I just read and react. I don't really play much man coverage, I normally just drop in my zone." Beebe's play has drawn a number of college football programs to Piper. Coaches from the Big 12, Big Ten, Southeastern Conference, and Conference USA all are showing interest in the standout junior. "The main ones are KU, K-State, Iowa, Iowa State, Arkansas, Tulsa, Nebraska," he said. "A few of the teams I talk with, like Iowa especially, they say their middle linebacker is a little smaller. When I went there, they were talking about seeing me at defensive line. I would like to be a linebacker, but defensive line would suit me just fine." A month into the 2013 season, the Pirates LB has already started the unofficial visit process. "I went to one KU game, the opening game I got invited to," he said, nodding his head. "I'm going to be going to a K-State game, and I'm going to the Nebraska-Iowa game at Nebraska. I'm planning to go down to Arkansas and check out everything down there." Beebe admitted he hasn't spent much time considering what will factor into his college choice. He does, however, have a general idea of where he would like to be. "I feel like I want to stay somewhat close to home," he said of his future destination. "Not like really close or anything, though. I'm thinking about schools that offer an engineering major." He also pointed out that the mood around the coaching staff and how they interact with their players is important. "Mainly having fun around the game. I know you've got to be strict, but I like coaches that have fun and like to get involved with their players."
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