Bean talks about commiting to Buffalo

As one of the defensive leaders on one of the top JUCO teams in the country this season, it was mind-boggling that Butler LB Blake Bean (6-1, 220) didn't have much in the way of opportunities to play D-1 ball. Since the end of the season however, the instinctive player saw things pick up and it all ended earlier this week when he decided to commit to Buffalo...

"I committed to Buffalo and signed with them (on Monday)," Bean told "It was the right place for me. I loved that they have a lot of guys coming back, so there is a lot of experience on the team and I liked the academics too."

In addition to his offer from the Bisons, he also had offers from South Florida, Eastern Michigan and Old Dominion.

On the field this past season, Bean notched 113 tackles, two sacks, 11 tackles-for-loss, one fumble recovery, one forced fumble and one interception from his middle linebacker spot.

"I can play inside or outside, I'm pretty comfortable with both," Bean said. "They want me at a WIL (weak inside linebacker) spot in their 3-4, so I'll still sorta be an inside guy, but it flows a little differently. Whatever it is, I'm just looking for a chance to play ball."

Bean had offers from a couple of schools after his junior season in Stillwater, Oklahoma, but right before his senior season his family moved to Witchita, Kansas.

"I went to a private Catholic school there and because of that, since it would look like I was recruited there, I wasn't eligible to play my senior year," Bean recalled. "When that happened, the offers went away and the coaches up here at Butler all said if I didn't find a place, I should get there and play and that's what I did."

Bean will enroll at his new school on Thursday and will start classes on Monday. He will have three years to play two once he steps foot on campus.

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