Dwayne Beckford is quickly making a name for himself as one of the best football players in the state of New Jersey. This 6'2"-205lbs OLB/SS is known for his ability to deliver big-time hits while possessing the ability to cover inside receivers. Players like Beckford normally do not go unnoticed. For Beckford, he has gartnered scholarship offers from Toledo, Syracuse, Michigan State, Temple, Connecticut, Akron, and East Carolina along with heavy interest from Rutgers, Purdue, Alabama, and Tennessee.
Depending on the type of defense the school of his choice employs, Beckford will likely play OLB or SS. It does not matter to Beckford as long as he has the opportunity to deliver some punishment. As Beckford states, "I like to hit so a position that has me playing close to the line of scrimmage and cover the inside receivers would be fine for me". His 4.4 speed in the forty would allow him to play either position. If necessary, his body has the room to add another 20 to 25 pounds if he needs to play LB.
Proximity to home is a key criteria for Beckford's decision. Therefore, Syracuse, Connecticut, and Temple have some advantage over the schools that have offered. Of these schools, Temple appears to have built the best relationship with Beckford. He attended the school's football camp this past summer where he built a strong relationship with Coach Al Golden and Mark Donofrio.
Beckford also likes the fact that Temple plays a lot of freshmen which meets another one of his criteria - early playing time. In Coach Golden's first year at Temple, he played almost every one of his freshmen. As Beckford states, "I do not want to sit until my sophomore or junior year to play".
Although Temple appears to be the odds on favorite of the schools who have offered, Rutgers might have an advantage if they offer. Beckford likes the proximity to home and the ascension of the program. As he states, "if they were to offer, I would have to think about it for a while but I would likely accept the scholarship offer." He feels that the Scarlet Knights will likely offer after the season. Although they have not communicated this possibility to him, he feels that this is the case. Since he has no plans to make a commitment until after the season, this possibility is fine with him.
For now, Beckford plans to make his first visit next month during his team's
first bye week. Although his first destination has not been determined, he will
select from the schools that have offered him a scholarship.