Top-Rated LB Fond of PSU

William Beckford is considered by many to be one of the top outside linebackers in the country. Scholarship offers continue to roll in for the talented athlete.

Name: William Beckford
Position: LB (mainly wsLB)
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 213 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.5 seconds
Bench Press: 410 pounds
School: Glade Central High, Belle Glade, Florida
Offers: Around 15, including Pitt, Georgia, Kentucky, Kansas State, Kansas, Louisville, NC State, Rutgers, Boston College, Ohio State and others.

"I probably have a little over seventy tackles already, and about 12 or 13 sacks," William said.  "We've played 5 games.  We're 5-0.  We have a winning streak down in Florida.  We're in the midst of a 40-game winning streak including 3 state championships."  

Glade Central won the 4A Division State Championship in 1998, and the 3A State Championship the past 2 years.

William named Georgia, LSU, Boston College and Florida State as recruiting him the hardest.  Florida State was William's favorite team growing up, but they have not offered William a scholarship yet.

William attended camps at Pitt and Georgia this summer.

"One of our coaches has a brother that goes to Pittsburgh," William said.  "He's our J.V. coach.  He was going up there to visit his brother and I heard about the camp.  So, I asked him about the camp and he told me the price.  Me and a couple of players on the team went up with him.  It was about a 20-hour drive.  The camp was great.  I learned a lot.  I got a chance to see some of the players.  It was the off-season, but they were still at school working out.  I got a chance to see them practice."

He claims to have no clear favorites at this point.

"No, not right now.  I don't really want to set my mind on certain teams.  I just want to play the season out and take my visits.  By the end of the season, I'll know which teams I will visit.  Pitt and Georgia could be considered my favorites right now, only because I went to camps at those schools."

He has heard from many schools, including Penn State.

"I receive a lot of mail from Penn State.  I think they called me a couple of time in the spring.  Recently, I've been getting so many calls that I can't catch a lot of calls.  I haven't received an offer from them yet.  That's a good school, especially for linebackers.  Penn State has had some awesome linebackers.  They're a good school in my mind too.  I'm very interested in them."

William does not concern himself with the year-to-year performance of teams.

"No, because I know that in college, the team changes every year.  With a little change here and a little change there, a team could win the national championship."

The location of a college will not be the determining factor in William's decision-making process.

"I'm not just focusing on Florida teams.  Distance is not a problem for me.  I just want to be comfortable where I am."

According to William, his grades are good and he will be taking the ACT on 10/27.  He wants to major in business management.

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