Miami Prospect Profile: DE Kendell Beckwith

Let's take a closer look at the prospects for Miami's 2013 recruiting class. Today, we look at defensive end Kendell Beckwith.

Kendell Beckwith-- Jackson (LA) East Feliciana HS

Scout Ranking: 4-star and No. 7 DE

Measurables: 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds

2011 Stats: Beckwith finished his junior season at over 50-percent completion percentage at quarterback with six touchdown passes. He added 776 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. At defensive end, he logged 42 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, seven sacks, and four forced fumbles.

What they're saying: Beckwith plays quarterback on offense and he made a lot of plays there as a junior, but his home on the next level will be on defense. He is has great size, long arms, and great agility on the football field. He has played defensive end most of the time, but could move back to outside linebacker on the next level. He is versatile and athletic enough to move around on the next level. He can improve on his speed and quickness of the ball. - Chad Simmons/

Recruiting Status: Beckwith was offered by the Hurricanes earlier this year. He's one of the most heavily recruited players in the state of Louisiana. LSU and Alabama are the co-favorites but he told Scout last week that Miami's one of the schools he plans on taking an official visit to later in the year.

What he's saying about Miami: "I am looking at Clemson and Tennessee for two of my visits and I am not sure about the last one. I am thinking about going to Miami for my fifth one."

Miami angle: The Hurricanes will likely sign just one defensive end in the 2013 class and there's a good chance they will end up going outside the state to get him. They've offered a handful of players across the country at that position and Beckwith is one of them. They're definitely fighting an uphill battle to get him away from his home state. Even if he does leave, Alabama seems the school most likely to get him to do that. However, he is still considering the Canes and is thinking about taking an official visit here. That means the Canes are somewhere in his top five, probably running at No. 5 right now. It'll be hard to tell how much interest he'll really have in the Canes until he takes a visit here but he's an elite level out-of-state prospect who is considering Miami heading into the season. He's definitely a player to keep an eye on for Miami fans.

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