The Beast Keeping Busy

Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade standout strong safety John Beason has been a busy man this month. With signing day fast approaching we caught up with him to get the latest.

"It's been pretty hectic for awhile now," Beason said. "The first part of the month I was in California for the all-star game. Then I came home and took some recruiting trips. Then I played in the Dade/Broward all-star game and then I took a visit to Florida State last weekend."

Lets review, starting with the all-star game in California.

"That was a lot of fun," he said. "I got to hang out with a lot of great guys and we had a blast. There were a lot of good players out there, especially at linebacker."

Beason said he reviewed the play of all the linebackers in that game and came away impressed most with one player.

"Glenn [Cook] was the man," he said. "He's a pure linebacker. He can fill, he can tackle, he can run, but best of all, he can read it. That's the way Glenn is. He read things better than those other guys and he can fill and tackle as well as any of them."

Beason then took a couple recruiting trips -- Tennessee and Georgia.

"Man, they were a lot of fun," he said. "Coach Martinez has done a great job recruiting me from Georgia. He has really kept me interested the whole time. And Tennessee's a great place too. The stadium, the campus, everything was awesome. I really liked both of them."

Beason, who checked into his most recent visit at 6-foot-1 and 220 pounds, then played in the Dade/Broward all-star game, where he was named the game's MVP.

"Man, I was just having so much fun out there," he said. "I was trying to hit people as hard as I could when running the ball. In the second half, people started moving out of my way, I was loving it. I'll tell you what though, Ali [Highsmith] can tackle. I found that out."

Beason said he enjoyed running behind his big right tackle.

"My best lineman was the big guy from Ely," he said of Cyrim Wimbs. "He was just moving people out of the way for me. Sometimes two guys. He's just so big and strong, it's amazing. Once he learns technique and gets into shape, he's going to be disgusting in college."

Beason resumed his official visit tour last weekend by taking a trip to Florida State with his mom.

"We drove up and had a good time," he said. "It was tight. You know, I ain't even worried about all the stuff that's been going on there anymore. A lot of what's said isn't even true. They're straight and I liked it there. Bryant McFadden showed me around and we had a great time together. FSU's a good place."

Beason will take one final visit before making a decision early next week.

"I go to UM this weekend," he said. "I go out there on Friday to see what it's about. I'll be able to compare it to FSU and my other visits. I've always been high on UM. I met with Coach Stoops today actually. He came by the school. Miami's for real and I like them a lot, but I don't know where I'm going yet. I like them all right now and I'll know for sure the first part of next week."

Beason was asked whether or not Larry Coker not being there would have any influence on his visit.

"That doesn't even matter," he said. "Coach Coker came by the house last Thursday and we talked about everything. I know what's up. He's a great guy and we got along real well. I like him a lot."

Coker is one of four head coaches that are involved in visiting with Beason.

"Coach Bowden came by on my birthday and sang happy birthday to me with my family," he said. "We had cake and ice cream. It was tight. Coach Fulmer actually just left my house tonight. Then Coach Richt is supposed to come by here on Thursday.

"All I know is that it's going to be a tough decision but it's almost over."

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