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As a sophomore, Abdul Beecham got by on raw strength, but knew he needed to shore up the fundamentals of offensive line play to take the next step. He's done that and now many schools — including Iowa State — are showing interest

Iowa State assistant coach Tommy Mangino was at Converse Judson (TX) High on Wednesday, watching the players on their max-out day in the weight room.

Among the standouts was 6-foot-3, 270-pound offensive guard Abdul Beecham, of the 2015 class.

"It was good for him to be in there," Beecham said of Mangino. "We did squats, I did like 440. Everybody else [works harder with college coaches in attendance] but to me it's the same every day. It shouldn't matter if a college coach is in there or not."

Beecham is still waiting on his first offer and is receiving mail from ISU, Oklahoma, Baylor, Missouri, Cal, Auburn, Alabama, Arkansas and BYU.

"Right now, the team that's showing me the most interest is Iowa State," he said. "They've shown me a lot of love lately and Oklahoma, too."

Abdul Beecham.

As a sophomore, Beecham got by on raw strength, but knew he needed to shore up the fundamentals of offensive line play to take the next step.

He spent the summer with a personal trainer, working on footwork, on keeping his head up, maintaining a straight back. The boring stuff.

"It goes a long way," Beecham said with a laugh. "Along with strength and power, it all comes together. I worked real, real hard that summer."

Of four offensive linemen ISU signed in 2014, two hailed from Texas — a center, Cole Anderson, and a guard, Will Windham. Beecham in college could stick at guard or move to center.

"[To a team] I'll bring leadership, intensity and I like to play physical," he said. "But at the same time I have good technique, good footwork."


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