East St. Louis (Ill.) defensive end Terry Beckner was one of the first big out of state recruits in the 2015 recruiting cycle to name USC as a favorite school.
Since that point in late 2013, USC has faded from mention in many of
“Tee Martin, sometimes I’ll call him and talk to him, but I’m not
really focused too much on colleges,” said Beckner. “Right now, I’m
really more focused on my school and my school work.
“I have my senior season to worry about, so with recruiting, I’ll just
let it come when it comes.”
But attending events like The Opening, Beckner is thrust into the
recruiting spotlight. Thus far, the 6-foot-4, 295-pound four-star
defensive end has only visited Missouri unofficially, so traveling to
the West Coast for football is a new experience.
“It was good, but nothing I didn’t expect,” said Beckner. “I mean, at
The Opening, you have the best players coming in from everywhere, so I
was focused on testing myself against those other players more than
“I don’t want to think too highly of myself, but I think I did alright.”
Beckner played mostly defensive tackle at The Opening, where he
garnered positive reviews for his performance. Quick and strong,
Beckner has no preference in scheme or what position he plays in
“Inside, outside, I’ve played it all,” said Beckner. “They’re all
comfortable to me.”
Comfort is a word that gets throw a lot by recruits when picking
colleges. Never having been far from home, it raises the question as to
why Beckner favored USC as a college choice earlier in the process.
“I had never been to California, but I have family out there,” said
Beckner. “I was really looking forward to just seeing how it was. My
cousin is a USC fan, so I always said USC would be one of my schools.
“That was when I was young. All I would tell people is, ‘I want to go
to USC, I want to go to USC.’ I use to walk around with a helmet on
because he was from Cali.
“USC has always been on one my dream schools because I wanted to go see
Beckner still has the opportunity to officially visit USC, among many
other colleges nation wide. The decision to begin naming official visit
destinations will happen after his senior season.
“I’d say November, December I’ll start thinking about it,” said
Beckner. “USC is there, but like I said, I really haven’t thought about
it. I have to look at my list after I’m done with my senior season.”
Beckner talks Trojans
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