4-star RB Drake Beasley Sees Spring Surge

June 15 -- Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola running back Drake Beasley saw his recruitment really take off during the spring evaluation period but he still remains interested in the first school who offered him, UCLA...

Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola running back Drake Beasley (5-11, 195) is now at a dozen offers, thanks to a big push during the spring.


Beasley had just a couple of offers when the evaluation period started but as more schools got out to see him at Loyola, more offers followed.

"I wouldn't say I was expecting it to be like that during the spring but I was prepared for it," said Beasley.  "My offensive coordinator told me just to be patient, they're going to come and they did.  Once they started to come, I knew this was what he was talking about."

Schools like PittsburghColorado and Purdue were some of the offers that caught his attention.

"The running backs coach at Pitt (Andre Powell) coached with my head coach (Marvin Sanders, at North Carolina), and they are recruiting me pretty hard," said Beasley.  "I really like what they are doing up there at Pitt."

UCLA was Beasley's first offer and offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu was the running backs coach at Loyola when Beasley was a freshman.

"I'm definitely still interested in UCLA and that's a really good school, it's local and that's always a benefit," said Beasley.  "I actually visited UCLA quite a while ago, around the time I got an offer."

Beasley plans to get back to Westwood soon.

"Coach Polamalu is the one recruiting me and I knew him from when I was a freshman and I'm going to try and get back over there for a visit," said Beasley.

Beasley visited Arizona and Arizona State earlier in the spring and both schools have offered.

"I liked both of my visits to the Arizona schools," said Beasley.  "They were both different from each other."

At Arizona State, Beasley spent time with coach Delvaughn Alexander.

"Arizona State was on spring break when I went so a lot of the football players were gone but Coach Alexander showed me all the new stuff, the remodeling they're doing with the stadium and facilities," said Beasley.

At Arizona, he spent more time with the coaches.

"I was there for more of a spring game and atmosphere at Arizona and I really liked it out there," said Beasley.

Beasley said that he thinks Northwestern could be the next school to offer him.

A decision isn't coming anytime soon.

"A while ago, I did want to know where I was going to go before the season, and I still might," said Beasley.  "But I'm still pretty wide open and really interested in other schools, especially not having visited other schools.  I don't really have a feel yet for where I want to go."

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