Outside linebacker recruit Dwayne Beckford (Irvington, N. J.) watched what true freshman linebacker Greg Jones did this season, leading Michigan State in tackles, and figures he could do the same.
On Monday, Spartan head coach Mark Dantonio and linebackers coach Mike Tressel will be visiting Beckford at his home, hoping a final push convinces the athletic LB to join the green and white.
The 6-foot-1, 215-pounder says Michigan State is in his top three, along with Temple and Purdue, and a decision should come soon.
"Around Christmas time," he says.
Beckford has visited Michigan State and the campus and program exceeded his expectations.
"I think it's real nice, I think it's a top-notch program," he says. "It was a lot nicer than I thought it would be."
Although some coaches have spoken of perhaps seeing time as a safety, Beckford thinks linebacker is the spot for him. He mentions his speed as one of his strengths, self-reporting a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash. He says he also enjoys the physicality of the game and considers his closing speed and ability to tackle as his other strengths.
"My reaction time, seeing formations and reacting to what the play may be," is what Beckford sees as an important part of his game as an outside linebacker.
Gaining a little weight, primarily through his self-imposed workout program, and keeping his body healthy are priorities in the offseason.
"(Coaches have) told me I'll gain a lot of weight and I think I'm going to grow a lot more, because I'm only 6-1 right now, so I think I'm going to get some more height."
And when he's made his decision and slows the recruiting process later this month, Beckford says he'll be ready.
"The whole process is real tiring," he says, although he adds there has been a bright side. "I like the different experiences going to these different schools and seeing the campus and meeting different people."
Beckford Deciding Soon
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