Joker Phillips' and his offense are in need of playmakers at several positions. Wide receiver is no exception. In Justin Bean, the Wildcats have picked up a prospect who can do a little of everything for his team. "I do everything pretty well," said Bean. "I run good routes. I block pretty good. That's what the receivers' coach told me. I'm about the receiver on our team, aside from Chad (Bumphis)," Bean continued.
At 6-foot-1 and running a 4.55 forty, Bean has the physical ability to contribute next year to the Wildcats. He has to work on a couple things that will help him to do so. "I probably want to still improve my blocking," he said. "I've gotten better at going over the top and catching balls," said Bean.
Bean had an excellent season this year, and has drawn attention from in-state schools, Ole Miss and Mississippi State. But they haven't been able to sway the Magnolia State receiver. "I'm solid (to Kentucky)," said Bean. "Kentucky had a good team last year. They said I could get a lot of playing time if I came up there. That's what made me want to commit," said Bean. "I really wanted to get away from Mississippi."
While Bean has committed to Kentucky, he's yet to take his official visit, but he has one in his sights. "I'm supposed to be coming in two weeks, the first weekend in December. It's a basketball game against Miami," said Bean.
Bean had an excellent season as a senior. He had close to 900 yards receiving and 7 touchdowns. His last regular season game saw him pick up 150 yards through the air.
Bean is rated the number 148 wide receiver in the country and the number 20 player in Mississippi according to Scout.com.