Three-star Plant (FL) linebacker Andrew Beck grew up watching Big 12 football. After all, he lived in Texas for four years before moving to Florida.
So it comes as no surprise that he wanted to return to the Lone Star State to visit some of those same schools he dreamed of playing at. His first two stops on his mini-tour were at Baylor and Texas.
"It was nice to meet everybody down at Baylor. I really like what they have to offer," he said. "While I was at Texas, I picked up an offer so that was just an amazing feeling. Texas is a school I've always wanted to go to."
His final stop came on Sunday when he made his way to SMU. Although the Ponies don't play in the Big 12, Beck still has high interest in the program.
"If somebody had told me before the visit that I was going to be as impressed as I was with SMU, I would've told them they were lying," Beck said. "SMU was just beautiful, and it was very comparable to other schools I've visited. It doesn't matter to me that they don't play in the Big 12 because I know they're on the rise."
Beck originally picked up an offer from SMU in February after his high school head coach, Robert Weiner, notified him. Since then, he has kept in contact with quarterbacks coach Dan Morrison and was looking forward to meeting him and head coach June Jones on Sunday.
But both coaches were unavailable and instead, he toured the campus with defensive coordinator Tom Mason, who let him know he had the opportunity to be a tremendous playmaker in his 3-4 scheme.
"I really wanted to meet Coach Jones but unfortunately that didn't happen. But Coach Mason was a great tour guide," Beck said. "He showed me around the entire campus and the facilities. Then, I sat down with him and he told me that I would be a great outside linebacker for him. He seemed like a really smart guy and someone I would like to play for."
The 6-foot-3, 227-pounder also holds offers from schools such as Miami, Kentucky and Rutgers and plans on visiting Florida State and Stanford this weekend.
He has no timetable set for his decision and despite making the rounds, Beck says he's focused on improving his game this offseason after racking up 126 tackles and 18 sacks as a junior.
"Explosion is a big thing I'm working on. I've ben spending a lot of time in the weight room because I want to get stronger because I know I'll be playing with the big boys soon," he said. "I want to gain some more weight and really have a special season this year."
Beck didn't rule out the possibility of visiting SMU again and added that June would be an ideal time to return to Dallas.
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