NC State's razor-thin depth at linebacker after the 2007 season has been well documented and few people are probably more aware of that than Wolfpack linebackers coach Andy McCollum. So it should come as no surprise that he is leading the Pack's efforts to land Florida all-state linebacker William Beasley.
At 6-2, 225 pounds and boasting 4.6-second speed in the 40-yard dash, Beasley has the size and speed that college coaches covet on defense and he put those talents to great use in 2006. A two year varsity starter, Beasley tallied 129 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and six sacks en route to all-area honors in addition to being named to the class 4A all-state squad. The rising senior is also known as one of his area's top weight lifters- placing fourth in his weight class at a recent meet with a 305 pound bench press and 315 pound clean and jerk.
Recruited primarily as an outside linebacker, Beasley has earned early scholarship offers from Arkansas and NC State as well as heavy interest from LSU, Central Florida and Alabama. The Pack made their offer in March and have made it clear that Beasley is a priority for their class of 2008.
"I got the paperwork in the mail on March 28th where they let me know that I had a scholarship offer," said Beasley. "Coach McCollum is recruiting me and he texts me almost every day. He's always telling me that I would look good wearing red.
"The thing I like about State is that they've always been known for their defense. They play in the ACC. Plus, coach McCollum recruited one of our players here when he was still at Middle Tennessee State."
While early in the recruiting process, Beasley mentioned three schools he has solid interest in but he hasn't determined a favorite just yet.
"Right now I like Central Florida, LSU and NC State," he said. "I can't really say I have a favorite but I may know a little more after we take a trip to State this weekend. We're going up there for their spring game."
Beasley added that he would like to have a decision made before his senior season so he can focus on helping lead his team to a state championship. While he doesn't know who that team will be, he does know what he'll be looking for.
"Academics are my number one priority," he said. "Wherever I go, they have to have a good business program because I want to major in Business.
"The second thing would be playing time. I want to see how many players the team has put into the league on defense. I also want to go somewhere where I fit in with the players. Coaches can leave but the players will always be there so I want to go to a team that has good chemistry."
Stay tuned as Pack Pride will follow up with Beasley after his visit to NC State.