UNT’s coaches left little doubt about what they think of the potential Abdul Beecham possesses over the weekend.
The standout Converse Judson offensive lineman was among a handful of players who visited UNT to meet the Mean Green’s coaches and tour the school’s facilities over the last few days.
The group was loaded with linemen.
Beecham left with the impression that he is very high on UNT’s wish list.
“The coaches told my dad that I am No. 1 on their list of linemen they have offered,” Beecham said. “They have made a commitment to show me that I need to be up there.”
UNT is the only team that has offered the first-team All-District 26-5A lineman a scholarship thus far, but there are several other schools that are showing interest. Iowa State is also recruiting Beecham heavily and is trying to convince him to attend a camp on campus this summer, although they have yet to offer. Several other Big 12 schools have shown some level of interest.
Beecham, who is 6-foot-3, 285 pounds, plays tackle for his high school team, but has been told by college coaches that he projects as a guard or center on the college level. Here are his Hudl highlights.
Beecham attended UNT’s satellite camp in San Antonio.
UNT offensive line coach Mike Simmonds is recruiting Beecham, who enjoyed his visit to the school.
“I was very impressed and liked the coaching staff,” Beecham said. “It was my first time up there at North Texas. I was curious to see what it would be like.”
Beecham got a chance to speak with several of the other linemen UNT is recruiting, including Jacob Jimenez of Pflugerville
“They were pretty cool,” Beecham said. “We talked for a while about some of the high school teams that we played. We were able to reconnect. I played against some of those guys.”
UNT’s coaches have told Beecham that they would like to sign two interior linemen and three tackles in its 2015 class.
Beecham has an opportunity to grab one of those spots and is trying to balance making an informed decision with making up his mind quickly enough that he will be certain to have a spot in UNT’s class.
“I am going to wait and see what my opportunities are,” Beechman said. “I have to sleep on it and pray on it. I don’t want to rush into a decision.”
Beecham doesn’t want to wait too long either.
“Those spots are not going to open forever,” Beecham said. “I could make a decision in the next two weeks or the end of the season.”
Mean Green blog recruiting series
WR Israel Williams, Waco Connally
OL Creighton Barr, Flower Mound Marcus
DB Niko Small, Arlington Bowie
OL Shane Block, Yukon, Okla.
OL Ken Marks, Beaumont Central
OL Rowdy Clark, Denton
OL Judd Terry, Denton
CB Jerbrell Lipscomb, Navasota
LB Diamon Cannon, Killeen Shoemaker
DE Sam Miller, Canton
WR Jarvis Baxter, Trinity Valley JC
DT Motekiai Maile, Tyler JC ———————– Committed to Oklahoma State
CB Taylor Robinson, Keller Central
OL Joseph Gonzales, Waco
OL Matt Hiter, Argyle
DB Nate Brooks, Whitehouse
LB Jordan Williams, Paris
OL Erik McCoy, Lufkin
OL Riley Daniel, Ringling, Okla.
DL RD Wegmann, Wichita Falls Rider
OL Evan Curl, Flower Mound
ATH Keith Washington, Brazoswood
OL Kaden Jackson, Kingfisher (Okla.)High
LB Angelo Garbutt, Lewisville Hebron
LB Clay Holford, Lewisville Hebron
ATH Billy McCrary, Leander Rouse —————————– Committed to SMU
QB Chris Riddle, University Christian, Jacksonville, Fla.
CB Nafees Lyon, Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek
DL Carl Thompson, Guyer
OL Beau Hott, Plano
WR Akile Davis, DeSoto
ATH Jonathan Giles, Fort Bend Elkins ———— Committed to Texas Tech
OL Clayton Woods, Highland Park
DL Keenan Kelly, Cedar Grove, Ga.