Beckwith juggling options

While he's done waiting on offers, Beckwith is now debating his college position: linebacker or defensive end?

As the LSU staff looks to lock up the state of Louisiana for 2013, there is a familiar name towards the top of the most-wanted list.

By now, Kendell Beckwith – who has taken in games on Saturdays, summer camps on the LSU campus and unofficial visits for Junior Day weekends – is no stranger to Tiger fans, who started paying closer attention to the East Feliciana standout when he picked up an offer from Les Miles in December.

Beckwith is getting a better feel for the staff in Baton Rouge, and vice versa.

"When I talked with Coach Miles, I let him know that I wanted to try out linebacker in college," Beckwith said. "Really, I wanted to see what he felt about me playing some outside linebacker, because I had never asked the LSU coaches that before.

"They said it would work well. Coach Miles said he had seen my film and thought I could play the position."

At the same time, Beckwith (6-foot-3, 220 pounds), who earned Class 2A and 3A All-State honors as an athlete the past two seasons, isn't straying far from the idea of becoming a defensive end at the next level.

"I just want to be rushing off the edge," Beckwith said. "I play defensive end now and I like it a lot. But if I can also play some with my hand on the ground, I would want to give it a try."

In the newest Scout rankings for the Class of 2013, Beckwith shot up the national board and ranked as a four-star prospect, the No. 4 outside linebacker in the country and the No. 2 overall player in the Bayou State.

For now, he will take things slowly.

"I just got a couple more offers in, so I'm now at six," Beckwith said. "LSU, Alabama, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Louisiana-Lafayette and Tulane.

"There aren't really any more schools I am waiting to hear from. I am going to keep talking with coaches and see where things go this summer."

Though he hasn't named a leader, Beckwith said the Tigers are the team he has become most familiar with through his recruitment process.

"I have been over to LSU the most, so I know the coaches," Beckwith said. "I came down to Boys from the Boot in January, then I was also at the next Junior Day, so I've seen the coaches a lot lately.

"Frank Wilson is doing most of the recruiting on me, but I sat down with Coach (John) Chavis and watched film last time I was on campus, and I also talked to Coach Miles on that trip."

Beckwith said he plans to visit Baton Rouge for an LSU practice this spring.


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