Once an undersized, under recruited linebacker, Chesapeake (VA) Indian River outside backer Tavante Beckett admitted he took a shine to the University of Wisconsin and its group of middle-of-the-field generals.
After all, the Badgers typically have a bunch of no-name linebackers who simply play hard-nosed football.
“Their linebackers are a lot like me,” Beckett told BadgerNation. “I wanted to play good football to see if I could get there one day. Their linebackers are just animals. They go hard to the ball and go hard every play. They just want to play. They’re relentless. I work on having those same characteristics, so I really like that about them.”
On Monday, Beckett was given the opportunity to join that unit after secondary coach Daronte Jones extended him a scholarship offer. It was the 6-0, 210-pound Beckett’s second offer of the day, going along with an East Carolina offer that came later.
“Wisconsin plays good football up there,” said Beckett. “(Jones) said the defensive coordinator (Dave Aranda) loved my film. They like the shorter linebackers who can move around.”
Adding 30 pounds to his frame from his sophomore to junior year, Beckett finished last season with 135 tackles, 16 sacks, six interceptions, four blocked punts and four blocked field goals. That’s resulted in him becoming a three-star prospect, who is ranked the No.87 outside linebacker in the country by Scout.com, and has earned other offers from Charlotte, Delaware, Marshall and Virginia Tech.
“I was really undersized my sophomore year and I ended up getting to 215 pounds,” said Beckett. “Now my size isn’t really a question because I grew so much.”
Beckett said he has no planned visits or camps in the coming weeks. While excited about Wisconsin, he is in no rush to go through the process.
“A lot of schools are just now coming to know who I am,” said Beckett. “People are seeing my film and starting to come by the school. I am just open right now. Things are just getting started, so no telling what it’s going to be like in a couple weeks.”