It is rare that a prospect who has solid scholarship offers flies this low on the radar, but Beard says there are some key factors that come into play as far as that is concerned.
"I just started to get exposure when I accepted an invitation to play at an all-american bowl game," Beard explained. "I never had the opportunity to get to any camps or anything like that this summer because I also play baseball. My schedule was pretty full at that time, so I just did not get my name out there as quickly. I got lucky in the fact that they noticed me and offered me the chance to play. I really picked up both of my offers from my performance there."
At 6-foot-0, 175 pounds, Beard played multiple roles for his high school team, but colleges are projecting him as a cornerback.
"I played free safety, running back and receiver in high school. I also returned punts and kick-offs. I returned a punt, an interception and a kick-off for touchdowns this year. The colleges are recruiting me as a cornerback. Every school I have talked to so far has said that they see me at corner."
With only one visit scheduled, could Beard be close to a decision?
"I may commit on my visit to UTEP if I am blown away and it feels like that is the best decision for me -- but I am keeping my options open. If a good program were to call tomorrow and offer me a trip, then I would definitely go on it."
"I am also hearing from a lot of new programs everyday. UConn's defensive back coach called me this morning and they told me that they are looking for a good cornerback. They seemed interested and wanted me to send in my film. UConn is probably the biggest school to contact me and they are a BCS school -- if they were to offer me, I would be more than interested in them," Beard said.
Beard was as an All-State selection at defensive back after racking up 70 tackles this season. On offense, he rushed 52 times for 501 yards and 12 touchdowns and hauled in 12 receptions for 210 yards.