Beck Great Fit for ISU's System

Iowa State may have found the heir apparent to Bret Meyer in three years, but Blytheville (Ark.) prep quarterback Brice Beck would like to be competing for a job earlier than that. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound signal-caller can't wait to get his career started in Ames to find out for himself.

Beck committed to the Cyclones during a weekend visit, and did so for a number of reasons.

"I got to meet all of the coaches on Friday night, and spent that evening with Austin Flynn," said Brice Beck. "I got to talk to Bret Meyer and some of the other players that night. For the first time in any of my visits, I felt real comfortable and relaxed around the players. They showed me everything and were real honest with me. I liked all of the players I met.

"I spent Saturday looking at the facilities and meeting with the academic counselor to find out what they do academically. I checked out the weight room and met with the trainers. I spent about two or three hours with Coach (Todd) Fitch that day just riding around and talking about everything going on on the campus. I learned about the offense and really like it. It suits me great and what I've done in high school so far. I think I can only get better if I come up there. Everything felt good and felt right, so I decided to commit."

As a redshirt freshman, Beck will likely enter the quarterback fray as Bret Meyer's understudy. Meyer would be a junior, while Austin Flynn – if he remains in Ames – would be a senior. But Beck hopes to be competing for a spot in the depth chart earlier than the year after Meyer departs.

"They told me I'd probably come in and redshirt next year, and get used to the college environment up there," Beck said. "That will enable me to learn the offense and terminology. During that year, if I pick up on everything right and improve on my skills, I think I can compete for a spot."

Beck was a late addition to Iowa State's radar screen, as quarterbacks coach Fitch had not offered him a scholarship until just under two weeks ago. The Cyclones didn't start recruiting him seriously until November, but made up a lot of ground thanks to Fitch's efforts.

"Three days after I sent my highlight film out, the Iowa State coaches had already watched it and touched base with me," Beck said. "Coach Fitch then flew down here to my school to talk to me in person, and took a couple of hours to meet my family. He offered me a visit up there and a scholarship. That showed they were really interested in me."

Beck appears to be exactly what ISU is looking for in a quarterback, because of his ability to make plays both in and out of the pocket. He threw for more than 2,500 yards and 25 touchdowns as a senior, but added 10 more scores as a rusher.

"I got to watch them on TV this year and saw what they like to do on offense," Beck said. "The offense they run is really what I like to be based in. They like to run a little play action and move the quarterback around. Coach Fitch said they don't like the quarterback to be sitting in one spot all the time. In high school I moved around a little bit, jumped under center, and went back in the gun, so I think I fit in pretty well up there."

Beck became the Cyclones' seventh commitment for the Class of 2005, and the first – and likely only – at the quarterback position.

He has already cancelled planned visits for Memphis and Missouri. Michigan State, Arkansas State, and Troy had also pursued the quarterback.

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