"He runs a great streak [route]," Freedom head coach Michael Helms said. "He can sit down and run a great curl route. And then all the sudden will take [the defender] and run them on a streak. He's good at reading the cornerbacks. He can run option routes. He runs a good corner route. He has great extension on the catch – he can go get it. He catches the ball with his finger tips real well. He can really go out and catch a fade route, so we throw a lot of fades to him. We throw a lot of underneath stuff to him and he's good after the catch."
After injuries limited him as a sophomore, Beam broke out his junior season with 50 receptions for 767 yards and eight touchdowns.
"He's one of the four [receivers] we regularly use," Helms said. "But he was bigger this year… The thing we like to do with Ray is get the ball to him in the open field and let him make people miss and he's awfully strong so he's hard to bring down and it's hard for a corner to tackle him. We throw a lot of slip screens to him, we throw a lot of curl routes to him, and then we like to get him down field with a corner route or fly route."
"A lot of schools up and down the eastern seaboard have mailed him," Helms said.
The schools sending Beam the most mail includes Duke, East Carolina, and Wake Forest.
To improve his recruiting stock, Beam plans on attending several camps this summer.
"I'm just trying to look around and just see what camps are out there and I'll try to go to them," Beam said.
Beam camped at Wake Forest last summer and attended the Duke-Alabama game in Durham last fall.
A few schools have emerged as early leaders for Beam.
"I kind of like ECU and Duke because they are showing me the most attention," Beam said. "But the school I want to go to is Clemson. For some reason, I just love the colors and I heard it's a great place to be at."
Beam's family is originally from Oklahoma, so he grew up a Sooners fan. He's also a North Carolina fan… Beam starts on the basketball team where he averages 15.5 points per game… Beam also runs the 200-meter dash and participates in the long jump for Freedom's track and field team.