"I had played defensive line all my life and I loved it."
Then when eighth grade year rolled around, things would never be the
"I tried out for running back because my high school coach thought I
had potential there. I turned out to be pretty good, and I
think people started to notice me."
His freshmen year of high school, however, Jatashun Beachum did not
line up on the D-line, and he didn't take snaps at running back.
"As a freshman they re-evaluated me and they put me at
quarterback. I played in the first game because I was better
than the starter, and I threw for about 280 yards."
That was when people really started to notice Beachum.
His sophomore season he started on varsity and the ball started rolling.
Although he wants to improve his speed, he runs a 4.7 second forty (A
time that is pretty good for someone who is 6'2" and weighs 280 lbs.).
"I want to improve on my passing and show people that I can do more
than just run."
The process has been going well, but Jatashun had this to say about his
"I'm going to commit soon. It could be tomorrow, it could be
next week, but it will be soon."
The versatile player from A Maceo High School in Dallas, TX is down to
a list of 5 schools, and he is considering a couple of things when he
chooses a college.
"I want to fit in with the players and with the program for
sure. I want to go somewhere that will help prepare me for a
better future and a better life."
At one point it looked as though Kansas might be the place that Beachum
would consider attending, but things have changed.
"I loved the coaches but I didn't particularly like the school
itself. No disrespect because I think they have a good
program, but it just wasn't me."
Right now it looks as though Beachum might be wearing blue somewhere
"Florida was my dream school and I wanted to commit right after I
visited, but my family told me to wait and see what else was out
there. They are definitely in my top 5."
What other schools are in Big Tex's top 5?
Tennessee- "They show me lots of love. My mom loves them too
because they send us letters a lot in the mail. I have always
been a UT fan.
Oklahoma- "Texas schools never really looked at me very hard.
I loved Longhorn football growing up and when Texas didn't have room
for me, I got a call from the OU coaches and they talked to me about
playing in Norman. I told them I would think about it and I
got real excited."
Oregon- "Man it's a beautiful place. They just seem to get
better and better every year."
Arizona- "U of A sends me a bunch of mail and I really like the love
they show. I get calls whenever they are allowed to contact
me and I watch them on T.V. sometimes."
"I will work hard no matter what I play. I love to run big
plays on offense, and if I go on D, I will have no problem with that."
The school that lands Beachum wouldn't have a problem with that either.
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