Arkansas QB Starting to get Attention from U-M

The staff of still believe Michigan will take at least one quarterback in this class. With former targets Evan Sharpley and Robbie Schoenhoft heading elsewhere, the search is on to find other Michigan QB prospects. <br><br>GBW spoke Monday with Arkansas hurler <b>Brice Beck</b>, who is somewhat under the radar after sitting out most of last season with an injury. He's been getting some attention from schools up north, including Michigan.

While he only played in three games last year, a shoulder seperation ended his season, quarterback Brice Beck from Blytheville, Ark. high school managed to put up over 850 yards passing with eight touchdowns. Such numbers in a shortened 2003 campaign have garnered him one offer from East Carolina, and the attention of other major schools looking to see how he does this upcoming year. "I've been hearing a lot from Ole Miss, Missouri, Arkansas, Alabama, and Memphis," he said. "I've also been getting a lot of mail recently from Michigan, though I've never spoken to any of the coaches. Most schools want to see how I do this season. I'm back to 100 percent."

During his junior season Beck threw for 1700 yeards and had 15 touchdowns.

The 6 foot 4, 225-pound signal caller had a busy summer, attending camps at Mississippi, Alabama, Missouri, Memphis, and the home state school, Arkansas. "I'm getting a lot of local pressure to stay here and play at Arkansas," he said. "But my parents don't care where I go a long as I'm happy. They used to live in Jackson, Mich. so they know what it's like up there. My dad tells me stories about games he went too and how great it is. If Michigan starts showing heavy interest in me you can be sure I'll be paying attention." Beck reports clocking a 4.69 in the 40 at the Memphis camp. He also says he put up 14 reps of 185 lbs. on the bench press.

Competition for Beck's services may be as close as East Lansing. Beck has also been contacted by Michigan State and has recently reported the Spartans in his top three. "I've been hearing from Michigan State a lot more than I have from Michigan," he said. "I would like to visit both schools. My goal is to coach so I'd like to major in sports management or something like that. I'd like to make a decision sooner rather than later."

Beck reports a 2.4 core GPA and a score of 18 on the ACT.

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