Eight schools have extended Chesapeake (VA) Indian River linebacker Tavante Beckett a scholarship, but the 6-foot, 210-pound prospect admitted two of the schools really got his attention when they threw their name into the ring.
“Those are the two schools that are respected programs,” Beckett told BadgerNation. “I love their defenses and they are defenses that I want to play in. Growing up, players that I wanted to play like went to both schools.”
From the time he started the recruiting process, Beckett said Virginia Tech was a school he always wanted to get an offer from.
“I am definitely grateful that they gave me an offer and they took a chance on me,” said Beckett. “I know a bunch of players there, so I get the inside scoop about it.”
Wisconsin offered Beckett in mid-May and secondary coach Daronte Jones has been actively recruiting him. Despite the program gaining commitments from four linebackers (three in June), Jones told Beckett that they still want him.
“I’ve seen them get a couple commitments, but I’ve watched their film and I really like how they play,” said Beckett. “I’d never back down from a school because of a couple commitments. If that’s where I want to go, I’m going to go in and focus. I definitely want to play for them. Chris Borland was there and I remember watching his highlights, thinking I would never get an offer from them. I’m excited about that.
“Coach Jones told me when the linebackers committed that they still want me. That’s definitely beneficial to know. I don’t want to rush the process.”
Rated a three-star prospect, who is ranked the No.87 outside linebacker in the country by Scout.com, Beckett finished last season with 135 tackles, 16 sacks, six interceptions, four blocked punts and four blocked field goals. He said Wisconsin is recruiting him at inside linebacker.
“(Wisconsin) is OK with 6-foot linebackers, even though they are undersized,” said Beckett. “They can bulk up. When I get there I plan on getting bigger and faster. I am excited for that.”
Wanting to make a decision by the end of summer, Beckett wants to visit Madison before coming to a final decision.
“I’ve got to see if before I can commit to it,” said Beckett. “I don’t have anything scheduled yet. I have to get the money for it.”
Asked what the deciding factor will be between the Badgers and Hokies, Beckett said it will come down to his relationship with the head coach, defensive coordinator and other staff members.
“I really haven’t got to meet the coaches at Wisconsin,” said Beckett. “The thing about Tech is they are a school I’ve been to multiple times and I know the coaches. The chemistry is there. I can call them whenever. I don’t really have that with Wisconsin but that’s a place I want to play.”