Coker Offers Super LB

This talented linebacker prospect is one of the state's best and he recently received good news when UM head coach Larry Coker called and offered him a scholarship. Read on to find out what he likes about Miami, which other schools are involved, and what the UM coaches are telling him.

At 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade-Madonna standout John Beason is one of the best linebacker prospects I've watched in the entire state this season and now he's having a senior year to match it.

"We've been beating teams so badly that I only play the first quarter in a lot of games," Beason said of the 7-0 season he's enjoyed thus far. "I've been playing strong safety mostly and I've got about 43 tackles and two picks and I've scored two touchdowns. On offense, I have six touchdowns and 439 yards rushing."

Beason, a full academic qualifier, said he's been waiting for several months for a UM scholarship offer and he's glad it finally happened.

"I talked to Miami in the spring and they seemed real interested," he said. "But then when they didn't call for awhile, I was wondering if they were still interested. But Coach Coker called me recently and then offered me a scholarship."

Beason said he was happy to hear from Coker and other UM coaches.

"Coach Coker was leaving the hospital because he was visiting one of his players that was in there," he said. "He basically said they really like me and they're trying to get me to come to Miami. I also spoke to Randy Shannon and Coach Stoops. Coach Shannon basically said they want me to play outside linebacker because they like the way I play. Coach Stoops is the recruiting coach for my school. They're all good guys and I enjoy talking to them."

Beason said the Hurricanes are one of seven schools he's still considering.

"All the phone calls can kinda make things hectic at times," he said. "But I've got it down to seven. Besides Miami, it's Florida State, Georgia, Tennessee, Notre Dame, N.C. State, and Florida. They've all offered me a scholarship, which makes me happy."

Beason, who received phone calls on Thursday night from Miami and Georgia, spoke to coaches from FSU, Tennessee, and Notre Dame on Wednesday night.

"Everyone's trying to set me up for a visit but it's kind of tough since I really only have one more chance all year to take a visit because I'm hoping we make it to the state title game. So I set up a trip to Notre Dame two weeks from tomorrow. They're playing Boston College that weekend. Besides that, I have Georgia for the 10th of January and Tennessee on January 17th. There's one weekend after the title games and before Christmas that I can visit and I'll probably check out someone that weekend too. I'll also visit FSU for sure."

The talented linebacker said he's not sure if he'll use an official visit to Miami since he's already been on some unofficial visits.

"UM's right down the street," he said. "Fifty minutes and I'm there. I know what Miami's about. They have a great program, great coaches, and they are continuing to recruit great players."

Beason said he was at the FSU/Miami game a few weeks ago.

"That game was awesome man," he said. "I never saw anything like it. I saw Tyrone [Moss] down there. He's talking about UM and Virginia Tech. I also saw the No. 1 quarterback from California that committed to Miami. He was trying to get some kids to come to Miami with him. He seemed like a good guy."

So where do the Hurricanes stand?

"I'd say it's Florida State probably," Beason said when asked which school he would consider the favorite. "But they're all good places. Whatever clicks best for me is where I'll go. They're all so close right now, I definitely will need to take all my trips."

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