Size: 6-3, 247
Hometown: Clinton, La.
High School: East Feliciana
It was a Tide vs. Tigers battle for in-state linebacker Kendell Beckwith with the Tigers winning out for his signature while Beckwith announced it at the Under Armour All-American Game. Beckwith said the primary reason he chose LSU over the Tide was to continue the legacy of great defensive units the Tigers have had. He's sure done that. Beckwith was a Scout four-star and the No. 13 ranked defensive end in the country.
As a semifinalist for both the Bednarik and Butkus Awards, Beckwith had a great junior season, starting all 12 games at Mike for the Tigers and added 10 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. Beckwith led the team in tackles with 11 against Alabama and had a monster game in the Texas Bowl with four tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks — both single-game career highs.
He's a punishing linebacker in the middle that will made the calls and that experience will of course, be important to the Tigers this season.
After spurning the NFL Draft, Beckwith returns to a defense in what was a surprise move to a few folks and is ready for a senior season under a new defensive coordinator. Having an experienced middle linebacker to make the calls for LSU is big for the Tigers.
Beckwith will also be bringing along a new starter in Riley, a freshman starter in Michael Divinity and Arden Key, who is at a new position really. All of that will make what Beckwith does even more important.
There's no doubt that Beckwith is a proven contributor and will rely a lot on guys like Greg Gilmore and Travonte Valentine to plug the gaps in the middle and allow Beckwith to flow through and make plays.
Beckwith has the chance to be the Defensive Player of the Year for the SEC as his ceiling in this new defense and potentially winning the Butkus. It's going to be a fun, final ride for the LSU senior.