All-State LB Favors Two

While most of the talk at Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade has been surrounding linebacker Glenn Cook in recent weeks because of his commitment to the University of Miami, one player that has quietly prepared for a huge season is fellow linebacker John Beason.

At 6-feet and 210 pounds, Beason uses 4.7 speed and excellent athletic ability to make plays all over the field. He's just trying to determine whether to play outside linebacker or strong safety in college.

"Most schools are telling me I can play strong safety," Beason said. "Some of them, like Miami, have talked about outside linebacker."

Regardless, Beason's ready for a huge senior season.

"I've been working really hard all summer and my senior season is finally here," he said. "I would rather just focus on the team and our goals this season. We have a huge opener this week against Jacksonville Bolles and wow am I am excited."

Beason, who has received several recruiting calls since Sunday, said two schools sit atop his current list.

"Miami and Florida State are my top two," he said. "I talked to Coach John Lilly at FSU and he's coming to our game this week. I'm going up there for family weekend on September 22 and that should be a lot of fun. They verbally offered me to play safety."

Beason then talked about his other co-favorite.

"Miami's Miami," he said. "It's no big secret they're one of my top choices. They're fresh off a championship and will probably play for another one this season. I went to the recruiting dinner before the Florida A&M game and it was tight. I had a chance to talk to Coach Coker again and he basically asked how I was doing and wished me luck for the coming season."

The standout linebacker said he saw several other recruits at the game.

"I saw the two offensive linemen from Ely, I saw Tyrone Moss, a couple kids from Apopka, and some other ones," he said.

When asked which ones he thought might be most interested in becoming a Hurricane, Beason didn't hesitate.

"Man, everyone wants to play there," he said. "They're in my top two. I haven't gotten anything in writing but they offered me verbally, telling me I had a spot."

Beason then talked more about the dinner that came prior to the season opener last Saturday.

"It was awesome," he said. "We walked into a ballroom type place and had dinner. Coach Coker and an academic advisor talked to everyone and they had the 2001 highlight video playing in the background with music. It was great."

Beason said three other schools round out his current list of favorites.

"After UM and FSU, I also like Tennessee, Georgia, and LSU. I'll probably take visits to those schools. It should be fun but I'm more focused on our season than anything else. All I want to do is help our team win."

Beason said he also plans to take in the Miami-FSU showdown on October 12.

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