As much of the recruiting focus shifts to the rising seniors in the class of 2009, the players that signed with NC State last February are just weeks away from arriving in Raleigh. Pack Pride will catch up with several of the signees over the next several weeks to see what they’ve been up to since signing day as well as their plans once their career with the Pack begins. Today we talk with linebacker William Beasley from Milton (Fla) High School.
At 6-2, 225 pounds and boasting 4.6-second speed in the 40-yard dash, Beasley committed to NC State over Maryland, South Florida, Alabama and Southern Miss. As a senior, Beasley tallied 135 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and three sacks.
Pack Pride: William, when do you graduate from Milton and what’s your date to arrive at NC State?
“I graduate on May 31. They say I can’t officially report until July 5th. But I’m going to try to figure out some arrangements so I can come up there early.”
Pack Pride: What have you been doing to stay in shape since the end of your senior season?
“State sent me a workout packet. They sent it a couple of weeks after signing day. I’ve just been doing that which is a lot of plyometrics, running and just trying to stay in shape. I know you have to be strong but I think conditioning is the main thing I’m going to need.”
Pack Pride: Are you preparing yourself mentally that you’ll be seeing the field in 2008 and which LB spot do you think you’ll end up playing?
“Lord willing, I’m trying to stay in shape and play and if I get an opportunity I plan to step up. I’m not sure if I’ll play inside or outside. I haven’t seen how (Dwayne) Maddox did in the spring game so it will probably depend on how good he did at either position. But to me it doesn’t matter. I just want to play.”
Pack Pride: Are you nervous about taking the next step to college?
“I’m trying to keep a positive outlook. It’s going to be my home for the next four years and I’m really looking forward to it. It’s going to be a change.”
Pack Pride: If you hadn’t committed to NC State, which school do you think you would have chosen?
“I would probably have went with South Florida or Alabama. But I was strong to NC State. It really came down to USF and State but I thought it was best for me to go farther out and NC State seemed like a better place for me.”
Pack Pride: What do you see for the future of NC State football?
“I see bowl games and just success because coach O’Brien, midway through the season, he got everything adjusted and we started winning ball games. We just slipped up against Maryland in the last game but I could tell it was a big change. I also like that coach stresses it in the classroom as well and not just on the field. That’s what’s going to take us farther in life. You can be done in football on one play but your education is what’s going to carry you if that happens.”
Pack Pride: Have you decided on a major yet?
“I’m going to start out by taking first year college and then see what I want to do from there.”
Scouting Report: "William Beasley plays linebacker roles for his team both inside and outside depending on the scheme and does a good job maintaining his responsibilities for the team.
"A downhill player, Beasley loves to make plays behind the line of scrimmage. He could play in a 3-4 defense as an inside linebacker or, and probably a better fit, as a strongside linebacker in a 4-3 defense.
"Beasley sheds blockers well and a very physical player, though he has a high pad level often before the point of attack. He hits with strength and shows a lot of strength in his lower body. He is not great speed sideline-to-sideline, but has very good acceleration over five yards and makes up ground quickly. Beasley can make a play from the weakside with a good motor." -- Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Miller Safrit
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