Last week the recruiting picture for Wichita Falls, Texas quarterback Shavodrick Beaver seemed so clear. He was poised to select from a crop of finalists consisting of Arizona, TCU, and Tulsa. The Horned Frogs were on the verge of getting the nod when word of a new suitor hit. Suddenly his next move wasn’t quite so certain.
“I was going to make a decision this month,” Beaver admitted. “Then my coach talked to Michigan on Friday and he told me to call them. I couldn’t call them on Saturday, so I called them Sunday. Then Monday morning I talked to Coach Rodriguez. He was explaining to me the opportunity that I would have at Michigan to come in and play as a true freshman running that spread offense. I decided to hold things up.”
At 6-3, 185 and capable of running the 4.5 seconds, Beaver’s athleticism has caused many coaches to covet him at other positions, but he has maintained a clear preference for where he lines up at the next level.
“Texas Tech and Texas are looking at me too but they want me at receiver, and I want to be a quarterback,” Beaver said emphatically. “I read defenses well, I don’t try to force things, and when nothing is open I will run the ball. I’m a playmaker.”
Rodriguez’s willingness to let Beaver pilot the ship in Ann Arbor combined with the rich tradition was enough to vault the Wolverines to the top of his list.
“I’m basically going over things with my family and friends and seeing what the best case scenario is,” Beaver explained. “I talked to my mom today about (how far away from home Michigan is). She said she is cool with wherever I go to school. She just wants me to get a good education wherever I go. Weather is not a factor either. Even if I went to a place like USC I would have to play in away games, so I’m going to have to deal with the cold at some point. I’m mainly looking at the education and the playing time. I’m not trying to wait for another school, I’m just trying to wait to see who can beat out Michigan right now.”Beaver and his mother plan to visit Ann Arbor this summer, and, he says:
“I think I’ll decide between the middle of the summer time and beginning of the school year.”
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Beaver in the coming weeks.