Combine MVP Beasley Talks Texas, Miami

WACO, Texas -- Orange, Texas junior athlete Kenneth Beasley talks about his commitment to the Longhorns, Miami's efforts to recruit him and the possibility of taking official visits to schools other than Texas this fall during an exclusive interview with Inside Texas on Sunday at the combine at Baylor University.

Inside Texas: When you committed to Texas in April, there were some questions about the depth of your commitment. How do you feel about your commitment now?

Beasley: I feel good about it.

Inside Texas: Why Texas?

Beasley: The coaches are tremendous. I’ve really fallen in love with the coaching staff. I have a chance to play real soon. They haven’t recruited a cornerback in something like two to three years now. They’re talking about I could play some I guess.

Inside Texas: What schools did you pick Texas over?

Beasley: Texas A&M basically. That was really like the other school I would go to, because it’s just me and my mom, so I wanted to be close and be able to get down to Orange whenever I need to.

Inside Texas: Are schools still recruiting you?

Beasley: Oh yeah. Everybody’s been calling, Miami, Oklahoma State, LSU. All the schools in the Big 12 and the Big Ten.

Inside Texas: Of those schools, which one is making the biggest push?

Beasley: Miami.

Inside Texas: What are the Miami coaches telling you?

Beasley: I talk to Coach Cristobal. He’s trying to get me to come in for their camp this summer and maybe for a visit in September, but I don’t know if that’s going to happen or not. I would love for it to happen, but you know how Texas coaches are once you commit…I don’t know, but I’m not changing my mind about going to Texas.

Inside Texas: So you want to take a visit to Miami just to go?

Beasley: Yeah.

[Editor's note: See this follow-up report on Beasley's interest in Miami, and Miami's interst in Beasley: Miami Making A Move On Beasley.]

Inside Texas: What were your statistics last season?

Beasley: I had 32 catches for 881 yards and like 20 rushes for like 600 and some yards. I didn’t really play on the defensive side of the ball last year, but my sophomore year I played cornerback and had six interceptions. I had a punt return average this year of like 31 yards or something like that.

Inside Texas: Who are you comparable to as a football player?

Beasley: On the receiver part of it, Roscoe Parish of Miami. Next year, I’ll be playing quarterback at my high school. I try to be the best I can. As elusive and quick as I am, I’m like Michael Vick as a quarterback. Playing defensive back, I try to be like my high school role model Kevin Smith.

Inside Texas: What are your thoughts on playing quarterback next season?

Beasley: Man, I don’t know. I’ve just got to do whatever it takes to win a state championship. It don’t matter to me. When I’m on the field, I’m having fun. That’s when I’m playing my best.

Inside Texas: What position do you anticipate playing in college?

Beasley: Probably cornerback or receiver. I don’t know. Wherever I’m going to help Texas at the time is where I’m going to be playing at.

Inside Texas: What are your strengths as a football player?

Beasley: My quickness and my ability to get off the line as a receiver. As a defensive back, I’m physical and I have makeup speed. I have great hands. Most defensive backs play defensive back because they don’t have hands, but I have the advantage of having great hands also.

Inside Texas: In what areas do you need improvement?

Beasley: Probably reading the defense.

Inside Texas: What are your plans for the summer?

Beasley: I plan to attend a couple of one-day camps and work out.

Inside Texas: Which camps?

Beasley: I’m going to Texas on June 5th and wherever else my coaches want to take the other players, I guess I’ll just go with them.

Inside Texas: Besides taking an official visit to Texas, will you take any other official visits this fall?

Beasley: I don’t know. My decision hasn’t really come to me. Most likely, I’ll take my visits. It’ll probably be the best thing to do.

Inside Texas: What schools could get official visits?

Beasley: I’m trying to take a trip to Miami. I’m going to take a trip to Texas Tech. I’m going to take a trip to Texas of course. I’m also going to try and go to LSU.

Inside Texas: What is your qualifying status?

Beasley: My GPA is a 3.4. I took the ACT and had a good score. I’m taking the SAT on June 4. That’s the day before I go to UT.

Inside Texas: Do you anticipate being a full qualifier?

Beasley: For sure.

Inside Texas: What Texas coaches do you talk to?

Beasley: I talk to Coach Giles and Coach Akina. Coach Giles came down to the school twice. He came down last weekend for a 7-on-7 tournament. Coach Brown e-mails me quite often. Other then that, I have a real good relationship with all the coaches really.

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