"I wasn't expecting it. I was pretty excited. It was my first offer and all so that is pretty cool," said Beard. "I'm needing to learn more about them. I'm planning on visiting up a couple times."
After recording 114 tackles and 3 sacks last season, it should come to no surprise that other schools are hot on Beard as well. Tuesday night, the inside linebacker picked up another offer. This time from Gary Pinkel and the Missouri Tigers. He is also receiving heavy interest from Baylor, Texas Tech, LSU, and Arkansas.
Lumberton was cruising along in their regular season at 7-1 when Beard, who also plays running back, tore his ACL and was forced to miss the final two games. The Golden Triangles ended up losing in the first round of the playoffs and finished the season 9-2 overall.
"Recovering is going good. I'm get to start jogging in a week or so," said Beard. "I think that most schools are waiting to see how I recover from it. Once they come down and see how I can run, I think the offers will start coming in….At this point I think I'm still playing both ways next year. I don't know what kind of running I'm going to be doing. I still think that I will run 50% of the time, but I don't know."
A family guy, Lumberton is open to going to far away from home if he really likes the school, but would like to remain in the area.
"I want to stay close, maybe in Texas. Family is going to play a huge impact on my decision. Whether they will be able to drive to the games," said Beard. "I'm going to look for somewhere where I can play. I don't want to go to a place where I don't get to play the first two to three years. I want to play early and be close to home."
Don't expect Beard to make a decision soon on where he will be playing in college. The junior wants plenty of time to look and visit schools. This weekend he will be visiting Texas Tech's junior day.
"I want to wait until I get all my visits in," said Beard. "Most of the recruits that I have talked to tell me to wait as long as possible. They regret not going around more and looking around."
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