Beason Talks About UM Visit

At 6-foot-1 and 220 pounds, Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade Madonna standout strong safety John Beason is finishing up his official visit at UM right now.

"I finished meeting with all the coaches and everything," Beason said minutes ago. "I'm just chilling in the hotel room waiting for the maid to come around so I can check out of here."

Beason said he was very impressed with his visit to UM this weekend.

"It was real tight," he said. "I got to hang out with all the boys. They're all talking about me coming to UM and making a name for myself. They just told me what's up. I know that if you're able to start ballin at Miami then the NFL will know all about you."

Beason said he met with UM assistant coaches Randy Shannon and Mark Stoops and discussed the current situation.

"They were telling me how they just lost a safety to LSU," he said. "He had committed last week for about two days and then switched. Now they're trying to get me and Coop [Willie Cooper]. Mo Sikes and Sean Taylor will probably be gone after next season and the only young safety they have is Brandon Meriweather. I think I can definitely fit in and play right away at UM. I feel real comfortable around the coaches."

Beason said not meeting with Larry Coker wasn't a problem.

"He came by the house recently so he answered all my questions and it gave me a chance to meet with him face-to-face," he said. "I was able to talk to the rest of the coaches."

The standout safety was one of three official visitors to UM this weekend.

"They had two linemen there too," he said. "A dude from Sebastian that's about 6-7 [Kevin Williams] was there. He said he's committed. They also had a dude from Alabama named Aaron [Sears]. He was about 6-3 and 275 but he was bulked up and huge. He looked like a defensive end but he played offensive line. He said it's going to be between UM and UT but he hasn't decided yet."

Beason said he's headed straight to his head coach's house when he leaves the hotel to talk about a decision.

"It's out of UM, FSU, UT, and Georgia," he said. "We're going to go over all the pros and cons of each one. We're going to put it all on paper and come up with a final decision. Now that I've seen all four up close I know a lot more than I did before. I won't announce it until Wednesday though."

So what are the pros and cons for UM, according to Beason?

"The pros go on and on," he said. "They're a top level program that I'm comfortable with. Great players, great coaches, everything. There aren't really any negatives that I can see."

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