Beckum talks visits, favorite

Oak Creek star has visits set and a surprise top school in mind

The University of Wisconsin football team may have lost its first game Saturday but it is currently leading the recruiting contest for one of the nation's top seniors.

Travis Beckum, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound linebacker and tight end from Oak Creek, Wis., favors Wisconsin over Tennessee, Miami (Fla.), Oklahoma and Ohio State.

"I don't mean to like put other teams down or anything but Wisconsin's like my top school right now," Beckum said.

Beckum said that the Badgers have been his favorite for about two weeks. He is considered the top prospect in the state of Wisconsin and is ranked the No. 72 overall prospect in the country by

"I feel that I respect Wisconsin the most because they've worked the hardest to get me and I feel I could be really productive at Wisconsin," he said. "I respect a lot of the coaches."

Beckum took his first official visit to Oklahoma last weekend and also has official visits scheduled to Ohio State (Nov. 19), Miami (Fla.), Tennessee (Nov. 26) and Wisconsin. He said he thought his official to Madison was scheduled for Dec. 19 but he was not sure.

As Sooners Illustrated reported Sunday, Beckum is not sure whether he will take his official visit to Columbus this week but he said he is leaning towards doing so. He said the alleged recruiting improprieties at Ohio State were impacting his decision.

"I'm not sure," he said of taking the trip. "I probably will."

All five schools slated to receive official trips are very much in the mix for Beckum's services. All of his top schools are recruiting him as an outside linebacker, with the exception of Wisconsin, which is looking at him as an outside linebacker or an H-back/receiver.

Oak Creek lost to state championship qualifier Mukwonago, 28-8, in the second round of the WIAA Division 1 playoffs. The Knights finished 8-3 overall.

The season did not go as well as the Beckum had hoped.

"I wanted to win a state championship," he said.

Beckum, though, is putting his high school football season behind him and focusing on his college decision and his senior year of basketball. He is in his third year as a varsity forward for the Knights, who tip off their season Nov. 27.

As for football, Beckum said he plans to take all of his official visits before making a decision.

Beckum took an unofficial visit to Wisconsin for the Minnesota game Nov. 6.

"It was nice. People were real cool to me," he said.

He has also taken an unofficial to Notre Dame but said he is no longer interested in the Irish.

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