Post-Signing Day Evaluation: Beck

CycloneNation.com is breaking down Iowa State's football recruiting class of 2005, one by one. The third in a series of 25 player evaluations is Blytheville (Ark.) High School quarterback Brice Beck.

Brice Beck
Quarterback
Blytheville, Ark. (Blytheville HS)
6-2/225/4.8
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The Particulars -- All-state and all-conference pick in AAAA-East ... KAIT-TV Super Team ... Courier-News Player of the Year ... finished career with 6,280 passing yards and 59 touchdowns ... also ran for 840 yards and 16 touchdowns ... team finished 8-3 his senior season, making its first state playoff appearance since 1998 ... three losses were to the state champion, runner-up, and the defending state champion ... completed 171-of-276 passes for 2,671 yards and 26 touchdowns as a senior ... also ran for 342 yards and nine touchdowns ... team's place-kicker, making 21 PATs and two field goals ... averaged 39.6 yards on 24 punts ... missed most of junior season to injury ... passed for nearly 1,800 yards and 18 touchdowns as a sophomore ... all-region and all-conference pick as a sophomore ... nominated for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... SuperPrep all-Arkansas team ... on Scout.com's Arkansas Top 20 list ... coached by Doug Quinn ... two-year baseball letterwinner.

Seals' scouting report – If not for an injury early that cost him much of his junior year, Beck might have been more difficult to secure. His interest began to pick up as he put up big numbers this fall, and a relationship built with quarterbacks coach Todd Fitch would pay dividends. Could have the strongest arm on campus this fall.

ISU quarterbacks coach Todd Fitch on Beck – "I like his size and physical attributes. He gives us something in the quarterback mix I think we were lacking when I got here, which was a stronger-armed guy. He was a very consistent passer coming out of high school. A lot of the throws that he did in high school, and a lot of the throws in the gun and drop-back passing, you can see him do those well. He's not a 4.4 or athletic guy that will run around, but he's a good enough athlete to move in the pocket and work your play-action game. Mentally, he has a great makeup and wants to be a great player. He only played two or three games in his junior year, and then in his senior year had outstanding numbers. That was the story of his recruiting process, because nobody had his tape. That got out late and we were fortunate to get it early. He felt comfortable with us and that it was his best offer."

Short-term outlook – With Bret Meyer and Austin Flynn atop the depth chart, Beck will be eased into the mix at Iowa State and afforded the time necessary to learn the system. Although it is a remote possibility at this point, Beck could be pushed into backup duties if Flynn switches positions. But Beck would have to prove himself ready in training camp for that to happen.


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