Marquez Beason (© Greg Powers)

’19 cornerback has Irish connection

Since landing former four-star cornerback Nick Watkins a few years back, Notre Dame has been no stranger to Bishop Dunne High School in Dallas. Sophomore cornerback Marquez Beason is one of the latest reasons for Irish coaches to recruit there.

Marquez Beason is getting used to the idea of being a highly sought after recruit.

Recent additions to the offer list have given the sophomore cornerback from Dallas no choice. Texas A&M, LSU, Notre Dame and Nebraska have all joined the mix for Beason in the last month. Baylor, Ole Miss, Oklahoma and Colorado are on board as well.

“It’s been a good feeling just to know that my talents are being seen by colleges,” Beason said. “My God given talent has been seen and I appreciate that they’re offering me a scholarship. They’ve really just said they like my speed and my acceleration and how fast I can get in and out of my breaks.”

Beason already has a feel for one of the new programs despite its distance from Dallas.

Notre Dame has been a regular at Bishop Dunne High School over the last five years. Current Irish cornerback Nick Watkins, potentially a starter this season, starred at Bishop Dunne before making his way back South Bend.

“When he was a senior I think I was a seventh grader,” Beason said. “He’s kind of a close friend. His brother is the safeties coach at our school now. That’s a good relationship right there.”

Beason isn’t the only Bishop Dunne player currently on the radar. Four-star sophomore safety Brian Williams and four-star junior defensive tackle Calvin Avery landed Notre Dame offers in the last week.

Sometime down the road, Beason hopes to visit South Bend for a closer look at the program. USC, Texas, Miami and Alabama are some other programs he’d like to see.

Given the preexisting connections to Notre Dame, Beason has a pretty good idea what the program has to offer.

“Notre Dame is like the school I’m at right now,” he said. “It’s a college prep school. They’re real focused on education and building you into a man. They like to spread the ball around as far as I’ve seen with Will Fuller and the past receivers they had. It’s a very good program.”

Right now the 5-foot-11, 170-pound prospect has visits in the works to Nebraska next month for its spring game and perhaps to LSU on March 18. Otherwise Beason plans to take the process slowly with a commitment tentatively planned for Christmas Day.

Beason is still learning about many of the suitors, including the position at which they want to utilize his talents. Cornerback and wide receiver are both in play.

As of now, Beason doesn’t have a preference.

“They’re still recruiting me at different positions,” Beason said. “At wide receiver I feel like if you get the ball in my hands, no matter where, I feel like I can make a big play. On defense I feel like I have great length to guard any type of size, I can go with them.” Top Stories