It is never an easy task switching from a high school quarterback to a college wide receiver, but when you are as athletic as Cole Beasley, the transition can go a lot smoother.
The 2008 SMU signee will definitely be one of the most athletic players in this years recruiting class. At 5'9, 170 pounds, Beasley runs a 4.4 forty and has a 42' vertical. "I think I can come in and make an immediate impact," Beasley told PonyStampede.com on Tuesday night. While he seems to be okay with the thought of red shirting his first year, Beasley definitely wants to get on the field as soon as he can.
This past season, the two-time District 9-4A Offensive MVP led Little Elm High School to an 8-2 record. As a quarterback he threw for 1570 yards with 12 touchdowns. Also he was a threat to run as he ran for 1,184 yards on 157 carries and scored 12 more touchdowns. These stats earned him an All-State Honorable Mention. Asked to describe himself as a player he said, "Well I'm pretty fast and I think I have pretty good vision. I also have a pretty good vertical. That is why I think I can play wide receiver at the next level."
Beasley had offers from two other schools, Louisiana-Monroe and Air Force, but SMU was where he wanted to be. "I always wanted to go somewhere in Texas. I wanted my parents to be able to see me play. SMU is also known for their great education," said Beasley. After committing to SMU, Beasley almost had second thoughts before coach June Jones took over. "I didn't know what was going on. They told me to just wait and see what happens. I didn't want to play for a coach that was all about pounding the ball up the middle."
After seeing some of the spring practices, Beasley says the team is definitely picking up Coach Jones system. "All the guys looked really excited for something new. I take a look at the practices and think that I will never get bored out there."
Along with football, Beasley was a four-year letter winner in basketball and track. At this time the 3.2 GPA student says he does not know what he wants to major in but definitely something involving business.