"The LSU coaches really liked me during camp, and they said I had a real shot at quarterback if I kept developing," Beckwith said.
Then game highlights from the opening month of Beckwith's junior season hit the football office at LSU, which quickly changed the view from the staff.
When Beckwith traveled to Baton Rouge for an unofficial visit last weekend, conversations with several staff members left him with the impression that his recruitment was about to head in a new direction.
"They said that they really like me as a defensive end, and one of them said I could develop into a guy who could play on the defensive line on Sundays," Beckwith said. "They let me know that they really like me, and now I know the coaches are going to start recruiting me even more. I think that they were happy to see that I had made it into town."
Beckwith's two verbal offers are from LSU and Alabama, though he said other SEC schools could soon join the mix.
"Coach (Nick) Saban has offered me as a defensive end and outside linebacker in Alabama's 3-4 scheme," Beckwith said. "I think LSU just likes me as defensive end with four down linemen.
"I am happy that LSU is saying defense now, because that is where I want to play in college. I love to get after it. I just like shutting it down on that side of the ball."
Beckwith said he has played on both sides of the ball his high school career – more now than ever.
"This year I have been playing a lot of defense," he said. "I go both ways all game. I feel like I have been really good on defense with six sacks and 20 tackles. My ninth grade year I played defensive end all season, and I only played quarterback in one playoff game. Then as a sophomore I played a lot of quarterback and then went to defensive end only in important spots."
Beckwith said his recent visit to LSU was a success, beginning with arrival for pregame warm-ups and culminating with an evening with friends celebrating the Tigers' 41-11 win over Florida.
"I made it into town early and got onto the field before the game, and that was great," Beckwith said. "It was my first time at a game in Tiger Stadium, and what stood out most was the fans. That, and the players are all huge. I saw them in spring practice, but they are even bigger in pads and up close.
"The game itself sort of surprised me. LSU just beat the mess out of Florida. I figured it would be a little bit closer. My friends and I were supposed to leave after the game, but we hung around campus a little while longer and saw all the fans going wild. It was great."
With interesting coming from the Tigers, Alabama and other SEC programs, Beckwith, a Clinton native, said the home-state team is very much in the mix as his recruitment begins to pick up steam.
"LSU is definitely up there as one of my top schools," he said. "I am going to be back at LSU for another visit this season, I am just not sure which game yet.
"I am going up to Alabama on Nov. 5, and I might go see the Alabama and Tennessee game this month. That's the only plans I have right now."