Two Lead For Beilinson

Cary (NC) Panther Creek star tight end Dan Beilinson favors two ACC schools early in the process. Could he be close to making a decision?

Cary (NC) Panther Creek star tight end Dan Beilinson knows that when college coaches watch his highlight tape he could be close to landing his next scholarship offer.

"Coaches say they like my playmaking ability," said Beilinson. "When I catch the ball, I secure it and don't lose it... it's also hard to bring me down for my size. They like my hands, size, and potential because they feel like I can get bigger."

Beilinson plays basketball so he was not been able to get in the weight room until after hoops was over. He has added 10 pounds of muscle since Panther Creek's basketball season has ended, and believes he has the frame to put on even more weight.

"I want to be 245 or 250 pounds by the start of the season," said Beilinson. "Those last ten pounds, I gained them in probably the past month or two. I think I can get even heavier."

He finished his junior year with 37 catches for 553 yards and two touchdowns and was a reliable weapon in Panther Creek's passing attack. His production has led to scholarship offers from NC State, Duke, Vanderbilt, Arizona State, East Carolina, Indiana, and Wake Forest, and he says that the coach recruiting him for Miami has verbally offered but told him that the tight end coach would be officially extending it.

"I'll probably go to some summer camps around North Carolina and hit up some ACC schools," said Beilinson. "I may also go out to Alabama to visit Auburn and Alabama and maybe down to Florida to see the Gators and Miami.

"With recruiting I've had the most communication with Duke and NC State, so they are probably my main two. But Wake Forest and Miami recently offered so I want to learn more about their programs."

What does Beilinson like about Duke and NC State?

"With Duke, their education is fantastic and their coaches are nice guys," he said. "They are appealing to me... it could be a good match for me."

"With State, I'm looking into doing Engineering so the education is top of the line at State. The coaching staff, I've got to know all of them... I love them."

A plus for NC State could be the fact that Beilinson's older brother is pursuing an Engineering degree at the local school.

"My brother also goes there and he's trying to get me to go there all the time," said Beilinson, laughing. "Everytime I see him he's flashing the 'Wolf' sign and saying, 'Go Pack' to me."

Fully qualified with a 4.0+ GPA, the 6-foot-5, 230-pounder knows that he has some quality options. He is also considering making an early commitment because he knows that most colleges normally take just one tight end per year so spots fill up quickly. However, as of now he has yet to set a definitive timeline for making a decision.

"Playing tight end does put a little bit of pressure on you," he said. "Coaches are telling me they have one slot, but they don't want to rush me or anything. I know they may be only taking one guy, which would probably be the first one who commits.

"I'm still not sure o when I will make a decision though. I think it will probably occur sometime during the summer... maybe early-to-late summer."

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