The regular season doesn't begin until fall, but for wide receiver Necho Beard (Pronounced Neeko) of Rancho Verde High School in Moreno Valley, Calif., this spring has been all about football.
"We just got back from a passing league tournamet at UTEP," Beard told Inside Sparta. "We didn't win, but it was a good experience and I did well. I had something like 30 catches and nine touchdowns."
The 6-foot-0, 186-pound Beard also had a chance to check out the UTEP campus. It was the first time he'd visited El Paso and it left an impression.
"The campus was like something I'd never seen before," he said. "I really liked it and their facilities are amazing."
Along with UTEP, Beard reports contact from Fresno State, New Mexico, UNLV, Washington State, Utah, and several other schools, including San Jose State.
"San Jose State is recruiting me hard too," he said. "They've told me they like my film too but we haven't talked much about an offer."
UTEP is the leader for Beard at this point.
"They're recruiting me the hardest but haven't offered yet," Beard said. "The coaches there told me they want to see some of my senior film first."
Beard was at the recent Scout Los Angeles combine and turned in some impressive numbers. He ran a 4.57 in the 40-yard-dash on a very slow track. He clocked a 4.36-second shuttle along with a 7.35-second three-cone drill. He was also very impressive in the one-on-one drills.
Education and the quality of the football program are the main requirements Beard said he is looking for in a school. He reports a 3.3 grade-point-average and said he wishes to major in pre-law, with the final goal of becoming a sports agent.
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