A Secret No More

Leroy has made big headlines by winning numerous state titles in Alabama's 2A football division. Even with the bright light of titles shining on the bear's football program, Justin Besteda remained in the shadows…Until now.

In almost every scenario imaginable, a program that could be considered a dynasty in the 2000's has college recruiters crawling all over the campus. Leroy High School has had a number of players go on to play at various college programs all over the south in the past few years. The bears have a player that is electric in every sense of the word. In his junior year alone, Justin Besteda accounted for 1,705 yards and 18 touchdowns. The senior RB/WR averaged a mind boggling 15.1 yards every time he touched the ball in 2009. Considering the amazing production that he has accumulated, how could Justin Besteda possibly be overlooked?

Did I mention that Justin Besteda is 5'8" tall and 175 pounds? In the age of combine comparisons and player upside, smaller players sometimes find it difficult to catch the eye of potential recruiters. However, this story appears to be heading towards a happier ending. After having his recruitment start off a little slow, the senior to be has seen a recent explosion on the recruiting front. Over 70 coaches from D-I, D-II and NAIA programs across the country have contacted Justin since the end of last week.

"There have been a lot of schools calling and emailing," says Besteda. "I like Alabama, Auburn, Kentucky, LSU, Memphis, Middle Tennessee, South Alabama, Troy, West Virginia and some more. I really am open to anybody right now."

Justin has not only garnered the attention of the local programs, Oregon, UCLA and other west coast schools have discovered the talented prospect from west Alabama. It does not come as a shock to me that this young man has reached so many coaches. There are not too many prospects that I have watched on film that display more playmaking ability than the Besteda. With lightning quick acceleration and true position versatility, it is easy to make a favorable comparison to former Ole Miss star Dexter McCluster or former Florida Gator Brandon James.

While Justin is excited about attending camps over the summer, he is currently focused on his second sport. The Leroy Bears have advanced to the semi-finals of the AHSAA 2A baseball playoffs. Holding a current record of 33-4, the bears entered the playoffs undefeated in 2A play. Splitting time between 3rd base and left field, Besteda is carrying a .360 batting average with 3 homeruns.

"We have a really good shot at winning state. I'm excited about Auburn's football coaches coming to see me this week, but winning that baseball title is what I'm focused on right now," said Justin.

What position Justin will play at the next level is really up for debate. The projections vary from coach to coach at this point. When you consider that Besteda has the skill set to play RB, WR, DB and return kicks, it will be interesting to see what programs find a spot on their 2011 roster for this fast rising athlete. Keep it here for all of the updates, as I will be following Justin Besteda throughout the entire recruiting process.

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