Earlier this month, SMU defensive coordinator Tom Mason made his way down to Waco Midway to watch linebacker Jamie Jacobs. Mason eventually offered the talented defensive player but was also impressed with another Midway athlete- offensive lineman Christian Beard.
After Mason consulted with offensive line coach Wes Suan, Beard followed in Jacobs' footsteps and picked up an offer of his own.
"Coach Mason came by our practice and evaluated me. He really liked me, and he told Coach Suan about me, and he let me know SMU was offering," Beard said. "I was really surprised because before this I had never heard from. I didn't get letters or anything so I was ecstatic when he told me."
But just because Beard hadn't heard from SMU doesn't mean he's not familiar with the program. His father, Joseph Gill Beard, played along the offensive for SMU during the Pony Express days and was an honorable mention All-American.
"My family was so excited when SMU offered since my dad played there in the 80s. I've actually been going to SMU games since I was a little kid," he said. "I really like the campus and the program. As of right now, SMU is at the top of my list."
But Beard does have other suitors. Central Arkansas and North Texas have extended offers, and Beard says he's exploring both options.
"Central Arkansas was my first offer. They always compete for national championships at the FCS level, and I really like Coach Billy Best," he said. "UNT offered me last week, and I don't know much about them. But they are in the Dallas area, and I want to take a visit."
At 6-foot-4, 255 pounds, Beard is expected to move inside at the next level. Last season, he played left tackle at Midway but says he would be comfortable making the transition.
"Coach Suan told me that they are recruiting me mainly for my athleticism. The want offensive lineman that are fast and aggressive, and he said I would be a good guard or center for them," Beard said. "I'll definitely play wherever they need me. It's fine as long as I'm on the field.
"I was 230 last year and I'm at 255 so this spring I had to get adjusted to my new weight. It's been a big difference, but I feel like spring ball went a lot better than expected. I just need to keep getting stronger and faster."
Beard says he hopes to visit every college in Texas this summer including SMU and also wants to make trips to Arkansas, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. Thus far, he's visited Louisiana Lafayette and Texas State. Beard also noted he would like to make a commitment by the end of July.
Beard 'Ecstatic' About SMU Offer
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