Tommy Becker Gains Recruiting Interest

Tommy Becker, a 6-foot-2, 230-pound linebacker from Plymouth (MN) Wayzata, is considered one of the top defensive players in the state. He helped lead the Trojans to the 2004 Class 5A Prep Bowl and they are ranked #1 in the state this season as they are off to a 7-1 start. GoldenSports.Net watched Becker's game versus Edina this past week and caught up with him to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Tommy Becker is one of just three starters back from a team that lost in the 2004 Class 5A Prep Bowl to conference rival Minnetonka. Becker has taken more of a leadership role with the graduation of All-State linebacker James Laurinitis, who is now at Ohio State.

Becker has led Wayzata to a 7-1 start and they will face Hopkins (0-8) Wednesday in the first round of the Section 6 playoffs.

What is the latest on the recruitment?
"It is actually starting to pick up. Oklahoma is coming in and I got my game film out. I was up for like a half an hour and I got a phone call from Auburn. Cal, Florida State and Miami looked at it. I've got a lot to look forward to right now."
What offers do you have right now?
"Right now, it is just Minnesota, Iowa State and Eastern Michigan ."
When is the earliest you see yourself making a decision? Or is it going to be a little longer process than you originally anticipated?
"I don't know, man. This is a tough decision. It will alter my life forever. I plan on taking all my official visits, finding the school that is right for me. Probably stretching it out until the end of the season."
Have you decided on what schools that you are definitely visiting?
"I'll definitely take a visit to Minnesota and Iowa State and I'll probably set one up with Oklahoma in the next few weeks. But as of right now, it is pretty much open."
How about your team? You made it to the Prep Bowl last year, but lost 19 starters and have pretty much a new team.
"We lost a lot of great guys, but a lot of great guys stepped in. It is a pleasure to play with all the guys on defense. Everyone makes plays. We've got a lot of guys who can play. We were thin at corner and then the wide receivers stepped in and now they are the best corners I've ever seen. They are just making play and play and play."
I know that you did a lot of acceleration type things during the offseason to work on your quickness. What types of things have you been doing during the season to improve your game?
"During the season, I still work out heavily. I squat and bench. Most guys don't do that during the season, but I believe that it helps with my explosiveness. I do a lot of agility work during school. I have a weightlifting class, so I get that done. I just work out with all these guys and we have fun at practice."
What linebacker position are most schools looking at you as?
"I'm not too sure. Minnesota said either Sam (strong side) or Will (Weakside). Right now, it is pretty much open to anything."
What types of things are you really looking for out of a school? Is there a criteria?
"I just want to find the school that is right for me. Definitely, playing time will play a factor. I'm just going to see how it goes."
Is playing close to home important?
"I mean it would be nice, but it is definitely not going to alter my decision if I find a school across the country that is right for me. I'm going to do what is right for me."
Have you thought much about a major yet?
"I'm planning a double major in education and business."
Have you thought about what you would like to do with that?
"I plan on maybe getting into coaching, owning a few businesses. Entrepreneurship. I kind of like that stuff." 

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