New SEC offer for Bequette

Luc Bequette competed at center at the Vanderbilt camp this summer, but was told by the Commodore coaches that they were only taking offensive tackles in this year's recruiting cycle. The 6-foot-2, 290-pound athlete, however, also plays nose guard at Catholic High School for Boys in Little Rock, Ark. Last week, Vanderbilt extended an offer at defensive tackle to Bequette.

"Vanderbilt said that they were really impressed with what they saw from me at center," Bequette said. "They told me they had hoped I'd be trying out at defensive line since they were primarily looking at tackles for this class. I was going to go back in July and show them what I can do, but I decided to go back to another camp at Arkansas. I stayed in touch with them and they kept looking at my film (at defensive tackle). Coach Maile actually came and saw one of my games. They were impressed enough with what they saw to give me an offer.

"I think a lot of Vanderbilt and I'm very appreciative for the offer. There's a lot that I like about Vanderbilt and Coach Maile. I made my commitment to Cal in August. I'm attracted (to Cal) to play for a Pac-12 powerhouse. Plus it has some great West Coast weather, great education, and I really like all of the coaches. Vanderbilt's a nice offer to have though. I was happy to get it."

Bequette started his high school career at St. Thomas More in Champaign, Ill. He transferred to Centennial, also in Champaign, in his junior year. Then his family moved to Little Rock where he enrolled at Catholic for his senior season.

"I feel like I've done well," Bequette said on his season with the Catholic Rockets. "I've added strength from where I was a year ago and have been out there pancaking people, shoving them around. My footwork and hand placement have improved on both sides of the ball. One thing I've struggled with in the past is staying low. I've done a lot better job with that.

"It's come down to the very last game. We have to win to make the playoffs. It been a fun year with a great group of guys. I got to play on turf. We play our home games at War Memorial Stadium which is like an alternative stadium for the Arkansas Razorbacks. It kind of feels like I'm already in college when I'm out there."

Bequette's father and grandfather both played football at Arkansas and he still attends every Razorbacks home games with his family. After football season is over, Bequette says he wants to stay active with wrestling, basketball, and baseball.

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