Bruins Making Impression on 4-star RB Drake Beasley

Mar. 30 -- Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola running back Drake Beasley has some ties to the Bruin coaching staff and UCLA has made an impression on him...

Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola running back Drake Beasley (5-11, 193) is one of the Southland's top running back prospects in the 2017 class.

And Beasley is hoping to add more offers to the mix once the spring evaluation period begins in two weeks, if not before.

Beasley landed his first offer in the fall, from UCLA, and that remains his lone offer.

"I think a lot of schools just want to see me in person this spring before they offer me," said Beasley.  "They're all saying, be patient and they'll be seeing me soon.  I think once I get out to a football camp and run my 40, so coaches can see how fast I am, once they see that and see my size, I'll have a lot more options."

UCLA offered him during his junior season, when then-running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu offered him.  Beasley's freshman year at Loyola was when Polamalu was on the Loyola staff before he went to UCLA.

Now that Polamalu is the offensive coordinator, Beasley is taking an even closer look.

"Now that Coach KP is the OC, I'm definitely more interested in them now because I heard he wants to implement more tight end and fullback into the offense and what we run here," said Beasley.  "He was here when I was a freshman and he's a great coach."

Besides the Bruins, Beasley is hearing from ArizonaArizona State and Washington.

"Coach (Tony) Dews at Arizona is telling me to be patient, that he'll be by the school during the evaluation period and Coach DelVaughn Alexander at Arizona State is telling me the same thing and that he wants the new running back coach (John Simon) to watch my film," said Beasley.  "Coach (Keith) Bhonapha from Washington is recruiting me too and there hasn't been anything concrete that he wants to offer me but he told me that he likes me."

Beasley visited both Arizona and Arizona State this spring and liked what he saw out there.

"I really liked Arizona State.  They have a lot of new things coming for them, new facilities, new upgrades to the stadium.  And I liked the school a lot too," said Beasley.  "I liked Arizona too when I took the tour. I got a chance to meet their running backs coach (Calvin Magee) and I liked him a lot and I got to see their team and watch their spring practice."

He's also checked out hometown UCLA.

"I liked the UCLA visit a lot, it's a really nice school and I got a chance to sit down with Coach KP and we broke down film together.  I like the way he coaches and who he's coached," said Beasley.

He's hoping to visit both Washington and Colorado this spring or summer.

Beasley is also hopeful more offers come so that he can stay on track to decide before his senior season.  

"I've thought about committing by the end of the summer," said Beasley.  "If I have more offers, I'm still trying to commit by then, but if not, then I'll wait until the end of the season."

Academically, Beasley has a 3.0 and will take the ACT next month.

He'll be at The Opening Oakland in May.

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