Jimmy Bean: His Coach's Take

GoPokes.com interviewed the high school coach for each of the Oklahoma State commitments in the days leading up to National Signing Day. In this installment of "His Coach's Take," we visit with Guyer High School head coach John Walsh about Jimmy Bean, a 6-5, 220-pound defensive end from Denton, Texas.

What are his strengths as a football player?
John Walsh: I would think his range, and when I say range I mean wing-span range, and his ability to be quick and cover ground off the age.

What do you believe will be his biggest challenge in going from high school to playing in the Big 12?
John Walsh: I think getting caught up with the strength of the game in the trenches.

Was there one game, or maybe even one play, during his career that you'll always remember?
John Walsh: I'd say the second time we played Cedar Hill in round two (of the playoffs in the 2010 season). It was the first series of the game and their quarterback Driphus Jackson had made some big plays in the first game. Jimmy got a big sack that jarred the ball loose, it popped up in the air and we intercepted it. That kind of set the tone for the whole game.

What are three words that describe him as a football player?
John Walsh: Quick, athletic, and momentum-changer.

Why do you think he chose Oklahoma State?
John Walsh: One, I think being around (his high school) teammates is critical, and two, he fell in love the first time he went there.

Over the course of his college career, whether it be four or five years, what do you expect him to accomplish?
John Walsh: I've said all along that if he keeps maturing as fast as he did the last two years that he's going to be an integral part at Oklahoma State and possibly win a Big 12 championship. Personally for him, he should be thinking about the NFL because of how God made him as far as his body goes.

What will you remember the most about coaching him?
John Walsh: Just his maturation. He wasn't a very mature kid when he was younger, but just how fast it's come along and where it's taken him.

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