Beachum Gets Very First Scholarship Offer

Already regarded as one of the top junior prospects for the upcoming season, Brandon Beachum's lofty status was reaffirmed as much when he received his first scholarship from Cincinnati. Beachum, who transferred from Poland to Cardinal Mooney after his sophomore season on the gridiron, is one of the few juniors on the Ted Ginn Bus Tour that's on a schedule to visit 14 universities in 14 days.

It wasn't a matter of if, it was just a matter of when in regards to Brandon Beachum of Cardinal Mooney High School receiving that very first scholarship offer.

Well Beachum, who played his freshman and sophomore seasons on the gridiron at Poland High School, got his first of what should be many scholarship offers from the University of Cincinnati while he was camping there on Sunday as a part of the Ted Ginn Bus Tour.

After seeing Beachum perform during their camp, without seeing any film on him prior to their camp, Cincinnati head coach Mark Dantonio told Beachum's dad that they were going to offer his son a full-scholarship. It's only the second time that they've offered a player this early in the recruiting process, the other being Ben Martin this time last summer.

"It feels really good. I'm just trying to take it all in," said Beachum as the tour headed to their hotel for the evening after having dinner. "I'm excited but I'm not getting too hyped up about it. It's a great accomplishment but we still have a long trip ahead of us and I've got more work to do. I don't want to let up now just because I got my first scholarship offer."

A member of the Poland Bulldogs during his first two years of high school, Beachum transferred to Cardinal Mooney during the winter. And before he ever plays one down as a junior, Beachum, with a 3.3 GPA, knows that, one way or another, his college education is already taken care of.

"It's a big relief. I was worried about getting that first offer," he said. "It feels good. It feels like a lot of weight is off my shoulders now. But I'm not about to relax in any way."

Over all, Beachum feels that he's been doing pretty good for himself on the Ted Ginn Bus Tour.

"I thought I started off kind of shaky at Ball State but things have gotten better," Beachum said. "I thought I did a lot better at Marshall and today I thought I did really well."

On the advice of Glenville head coach Ted Ginn, Beachum, at 6-1 and 218 pounds, switched from working out with the defensive backs after the first two days, to working out with the linebackers.

"Coach Ginn told me that I looked more like a college linebacker than a defensive back so I thought I'd explore that more," said Beachum who has worked with the linebackers and defensive backs at various camps this off-season. "At Mooney, we're still undecided if I'm going to play safety or linebacker so it's good that I get some experience at both anyway before the season comes."

The whole experience of being a part of the tour has already been deemed a blessing by Beachum.

"It's been great so far. I've met a lot of people and developed new friendships already," he said. "We've had a lot of fun together on the bus and we've done a lot of sleeping on the bus and not as much in the hotels as we'd like for it to be."

But getting that initial offer has certainly made it all worth it.

"It's my first offer and I'm very honored," Beachum said. "I appreciate it a lot that they've thought so highly of me. But I'm not going to stay on cloud nine very long. I have to stay grounded and work just as hard so that I can perform well at all of the other stops."

Next up on Monday, the tour travels to Miami (of Ohio). That's the same school that Beachum's father went to.

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