"I was offered by Illinois back in February. They're looking at me as a safety."
Since then, several other schools have joined the mix for his services.
"I also have offers from Georgia, Michigan State and Middle Tennessee. That's the only ones I can remember right now."
The Milledgeville, Georgia, star hasn't had much opportunity to visit schools or make his name known in college recruiting circles.
"I made a visit to Georgia, but I haven't visited any other schools yet. I will soon make a visit to South Alabama. They're becoming Division 1 this year."
As a result of limited exposure, the recruitment process is somewhat confusing to him.
"It's still kind of new to me right now. I need to go through the process. Right now, I don't know what I'm looking for."
Illinois assistant coach Ron West has made a favorable impression on Beckham, but that relationship is still developing.
"From what I've seen so far, Coach West is cool. I like his attitude."
A man of few words, Beckman speaks in generalities about the strengths of his game at safety.
"I make big plays. My strength and my speed are assets, and I can hit."
Baldwin High School was successful on the football field last fall.
"We had a good season. We were 10-2. We lost in the second round of the playoffs. Overall, I had a good season."
He expects even more in 2011.
"We have another safety coming back, and another one is one of the top cornerbacks in the southeast. And we have a strong quarterback and a set of wide receivers coming back."
The 6'-0", 190 pounder will play both ways his senior season.
"I didn't play offense last year, but this year they moved me to wide receiver."
Beckham is uncertain about a possible college major.
"I did have a major, but I need to think more about it. I may go into Business."
It appears Beckham may need to wait until his official visits to know what he wants in a college. But at this point, the UI is definitely under consideration.