Publisher's Notes: Every weekday until the LSU football team reports for Fall Camp on Sunday, Aug. 4, TSD will unveil another player in our top 50 Tigers for the 2013 season. We arrived at this list by combining individual rankings from TSD's Austin Cooper, Ben Love and Hunter Paniagua. For example, a player who received a No. 1 vote got 50 points, a No. 2 vote got 49 points, and so on. Every player who received votes had his points totaled across all three individual lists, and the result was our final TSD ranking. All players, including incoming signees, were eligible for selection.
No. 47 – Kendell Beckwith
One of Louisiana's top prep players in 2013, Beckwith enters LSU as a bit of a defensive wild card. He was recruited as an outside linebacker and may get his first shot there, according to TSD's Hunter Paniagua, but with his size (6-3, 240) and background can play at defensive end. Wherever he lines up, Beckwith can be a nightmare coming off the edge and getting into the backfield for John Chavis.
It's that potential that makes Beckwith the second true freshman on our list, after Tashawn Bower. He's also the first of seven linebackers in TSD's top 50 players, a nod to the amount of quality depth the Tigers have at the position this fall. Beckwith's future seems bright, no matter where he ends up on the field, and the East Feliciana product will be one to watch when the team begins practice in August.
By The Numbers
Beckwith's highest ranking: 37th
Beckwith's lowest ranking: Not Ranked
Why this ranking is too high
Beckwith, like any true freshman who appears on this list, is unproven. For that reason alone there is at least some uncertainty. There is also uncertainty as to where he lines up on the field in the Tigers' base 4-3 defense. Beckwith is clearly a talented player, but he'll have to begin proving this summer that he belongs higher on the list and, for some, that may mean carving out a niche and an every-down position.
Why this ranking is too low
Because Beckwith is a special kind of player. He was one of the most coveted defensive prospects in the Tigers' 2013 class, so it stands to reason Chavis & Co. have envisioned for quite some time how they might use Beckwith. Plus, in the end, speed and quickness win out in Chavis' defense, regardless of where you start a play. That's an area where Beckwith figures to compete well with current players and fellow freshmen on that side of the ball.
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