Safety High on UM

Read on to find out why this talented safety prospect is high on the Hurricanes and where they rank on his current list of favorites.

At 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade Madonna standout strong safety John Beason is coming off an outstanding senior season.

A full academic qualifier, Beason finished the year with 78 tackles, five interceptions (two of which were returned for touchdowns), and two caused fumbles. Offensively, Beason had 842 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns.

After coming up just short of winning a state championship, Beason is preparing for college life.

"I'm working out all the time," Beason said. "I'm trying to get into the best shape I can possibly be before starting college. I want to go in and show the coaches that I'm ready to go."

The standout safety has narrowed his list to four.

"I'm going to make four straight visits in January and then I'll make a decision around signing day," he said. "I'm going to Georgia, Tennessee, Miami, and Florida State. I was considering Florida too a little bit, but I sort of dropped them. I'm not going to visit there and will focus on the other four."

Beason said there's a lot to like about each of the schools on his list.

Georgia - "I really like Coach Martinez," he said. "He played just up the road at Hollywood Hills then he played at Miami. He came down here (into Dade County, where Beason lives) and got Max Jean Gilles last year. I told them I'll take a visit there to see what happens."

Tennessee - "They have been on me all year. They have a good program and it's going to be one of my visits."

Florida State - "It's Florida State. That's always been my school, but I'm not sure right now. They're no longer my favorite. Coach Bowden and Lilly are coming by the house next month."

Miami - "Oh man, it's Miami. The thing about them is that early on in the year, they had stopped calling me and I wasn't really feelin them at that time. I asked Coach Stoops about it and he said they thought I was going to Florida State. But then Coach Shannon came by the house and talked to me and cleared everything up. I like them a lot right now. They're also recruiting me to play strong safety now."

Beason will be playing in the CaliFlorida Bowl on Saturday in a defensive backfield that will also feature Dee Webb, Willie Cooper, and Reggie Nelson.

So what are the chances that Beason will end up a college linebacker?

"I want to go as a strong safety," he said. "I understand that I might be 220-225 by the time I start college but I look around. Sean Taylor's 6-3 and 220. My brother (who plays at Fordham) has a safety on his team that's 230. I just need to keep my speed. If I go in and I'm too big or not fast enough then I'll go to linebacker."

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