Beach a strong linebacker prospect

You don't win state championships without strong defensive play. Saint X won the state championship last year partially behind a talented defensive lineup including middle linebacker DeVontae Beach.

You don't win state championships without strong defensive play. Saint X won the state championship last year partially behind a talented defensive lineup including middle linebacker DeVontae Beach.

Saint X had many standouts last season including running back LaMont McMurry, defensive back Daylen Hall and defensive end Andrew Polston. But one of their best overall performers was DeVontae Beach. In leading the Tigers to a state championship, Beach racked up 105 tackles, 21 for loss and 15 sacks.

"My junior season was great," said Beach. "I would describe myself as a true leader and a teammate," he said. "I'm real vocal, like Ray Lewis on the Ravens. I'm strong, fast and coachable. I am a kid that's going to get the job done at my coaches' request," he continued.

It's clear that he gets the job done on the field. Beach is also working on a few spots to improve his over all play in preparation for his senior campaign. "I think I need to work on my weight," he said. "I'm 230, down from 250 where I played last year," he said.

Beach was invited to two camps this spring where he performed well. He camped at Virginia and Virginia Tech. Beach regularly hears from Cincinnati, Louisville, Kentucky, Western Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky and Illinois.

Beach also hears from some Historically Black Colleges: Alabama A&M, Jackson State, Howard and Kentucky State. But he has yet to receive any scholarship offers.

Beach's goal is obviously to play football, but his main goal is much bigger. "I just want to go (to college) to help my mother out of the hood," he said.

For Beach reaching that goal starts with preparation for his senior year, this summer. "The biggest goal I have for this summer is to get in top notch shape and become a mental leader and get my team ready to repeat in 2010," he finished.


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