Beyer Targets Early Commitment

The #15-ranked defensive end in the nation for 2011, Brennen Beyer from Canton, Michigan, wants to get his decision over before his senior year, and he's certain abour visiting a certain school on the west coast...

Brennen Beyer, the 6-foot-4, 218-pound four-star defensive end from Plymouth High School in Canton, Mich., will be attending the Notre Dame Junior Day this coming weekend, March 20.

"I love the history and prestige of Notre Dame," Beyer said. "I like coach Brian Kelly too. I think he'll be good for the program. It's an exciting time for them."

Beyer, ranked as the No. 15 defensive end in the country by, says he now favors Michigan slightly over Michigan State, Northwestern, Notre Dame, UCLA, Vanderbilt and Texas Tech. All of his favorites have offered as well as Louisville, Toledo, Stanford and Central Michigan.

Beyer says he followed Michigan as a youngster and the Wolverines were his first offer in February. "They're only 20 minutes away," he said. "It's a little bit of a factor because I think I'd like to be close. But it's not out of the question for me to go away."

Beyer already attended the Wolverines Junior Day. "I love the coaching staff. They seem very sincere and like nice guys," he said. "I think coach Rich Rodriguez is doing everything he can to get Michigan back on top.

"I also really like their facilities," he said. "Plus, it's a great academic school too."

Beyer is also looking at Michigan's in-state rival, Michigan State. He says that East Lansing is only about one hour and fifteen minutes away. "I've only been there once, but I really liked it," he said.

"It's a very nice campus," he said about Michigan State. "But I didn't get to meet the head coach or any of the players, so I want to go back. I think they're going in the right direction too."

Besides the two in-state schools, the only other school that Beyer has already visited is Northwestern. "I like their coaching staff," he said about the Wildcats. "The environment is also cool. It's a small campus and a real college town."

Although he isn't sure about which camps he'll attend this summer, one school that he hopes to visit is UCLA. "I was out in California when I was a little kid," Beyer said.

"I know that UCLA is a very good academic school," he said. "Other than that I don't know a lot about them. I've seen them play on TV a few times and that's about it. I want to learn more about them and see what it's like."

Beyer is being recruited by UCLA defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough. "He says that I'd fit in with what they're trying to do on defense really well," he said.

Besides UCLA, Beyer says he hopes to take visits to Vanderbilt and Texas Tech this spring or summer as well.

"I'd like to make my decision before my senior year," he said. "I want to play football and not worry about colleges at all."

Beyer says that finding the right fit with a coaching staff is the most important thing to him. "Coaches are a big one," he said. "I really need to make sure I feel good around the coaches and the staff.

"They all have great academics, so it's really all about the coaches," he said.

Beyer finished his junior season with 45 tackles, nine tackles for loss and nine sacks.

"Coaches tell me I've got a good motor and a good pursuit," he said. "I get to the football at all costs. I just go out there and I go crazy."

He says he can bench 290-pounds and squat 380.

"I want to get bigger," he said. "I also want to improve my technique, especially my hands."

Beyer plans on majoring in either physical therapy or sports medicine. He reports a 3.8 core GPA and took the ACT earlier this month but is still waiting on the results.

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