Beckles eyes visit to Washington

The Huskies have been focused on the interior of the defensive line for the past few seasons and they've managed to bring in some talented defensive tackles and this year is no different. One they have been after quite a bit recently is Verbum Dei (Los Angeles) DT Noel Beckles and he may be in Washington early in August to take an unofficial visit to Montlake.

"I talk to coach (Brian) White every week," Beckles told recently. "He's a really good guy and I have a great relationship with him. He's trying to get me to come up to Seattle so I can check things out and see the campus and meet coach (Tyrone) Willingham so I'm probably going to go up there on August 2nd.

"Since they've been recruiting me I've been doing research on them and they really seem like they have a lot of history of being a good program. They also have a really good Engineering program which is what I want to do, so I'm really interested in them."

Besides Washington, Beckles is also hearing quite a bit from Oregon State, Oregon, UCLA, New Mexico, Hawaii and Syracuse and he's also started to hear from USC a little.

"I'm open to everyone, but with no offers it's really hard to say I have a favorite," Beckles said. "I want to take all of my visits and then decide, so I'm not really close to even thinking about where I want to end up."

Beckles played the 2008 season at 285 pounds, but he's dropped to about 275 this summer through hard work and he said he's looking forward to moving outside at times for the Eagles.

"I really like playing the three-technique," Beckles said without hesitation when asked where he prefers to play. "They move me around a lot and I wanted to get quicker so I dropped the weight and I think I've really gotten a lot quicker.

"My biggest strength is my explosion and my get-off. I get good penetration and I have a quick first step. That's how I make all my plays and I like getting after the quarterback."

As a junior, Beckles posted 52 tackles, including 13 tackles-for-loss, and five sacks while his team struggled to a 2-8 record. This season he said he and his teammates are focused on having a big turnaround.

"I think we can go 8-2 this year," Beckles said. "Of course we want to be 10-0, but 8-2 is realistic and I think we have the guys to do it."

We'll continue to track Beckles and update his visit to Montlake in the next few weeks and see where things stand after he gets to sit down and talk with coach Willingham.

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