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Rarely does a prospect get recruited at running back, defensive end and defensive tackle but even more rare is the prospect getting recruited at those positions who plays quarterback. Such is the case for Dallas Smith's Jatashun Beachum who is such a unique recruit that he can't quite be defined. Beachum a 6'2 270 pound junior with 4.6 speed in the forty sports a 295 bench press and a 550 pound squat max and had been a four year starter for the Falcons.
As a freshman Beachum started for A. Maceo Smith as a guard on the offensive line and as a sophomore moved to the backfield where he played quarterback and earned District 11-4A newcomer of the year honors. In 2008 Jatashun who goes by Shun managed first team all-district honors despite missing four games as he had seven total touchdowns. "I've played a lot of different positions but it's helped me learn the whole offense and now this year I'm looking forward to spending time on defense as well," said the junior from Dallas.
After seeing his recruitment be relatively quiet Shun has literally blown up this off-season nabbing offers from the likes of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Nebraska, TCU, Wake Forest and Utah along with heavy interest from Texas. "Before last season I didn't hear a peep about Shun, now all of a sudden my phone won't stop ringing. Everyday he gets a new offer," said Dallas Smith Head Coach Elzie Barnett.
"I really like Oklahoma, they are the favorite but I'm not going to rush on a decision," said Beachum who will be visiting Norman this weekend. Shun also plans on camping this summer at Texas, Oklahoma, TCU and possibly Texas A&M as well. At this time Texas A&M appears the be the only contender recruiting Shun to play running back as the rest of the schools are recruiting Shun to play on the defensive line.
The future political science major says he's looking at two key factors when it's decision time. "I prefer to be somewhere close to home and I want to go somewhere that I'll get a shot at early playing time, I think that'll be the best fit for me."
Beachum who leads a very talented Falcons squad into 2009 has some high team goals as well, "We are talking about winning district this year, we know we've got to beat some of the top teams in Dallas but I think if we continue to work hard we can make it happen."
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