November 11, 2009
Arkansas commit giving Michigan a look
There may not be a more unique prospect in the country than Dallas (Texas) A Maceo Smith athlete Jatashun Beachum. At 6-foot-2, 275 pounds, Beachum can project at almost every position on the field on the college level. The Arkansas Razorbacks have been fortunate enough to land the commitment from the player more commonly known as "Big Tex" but some recent interest from Michigan has given him something to think about.
Early in October, Beachum made his commitment to the Razorbacks but just a day later, Michigan gave him another option.
"I committed to Arkansas and then the next day Michigan offered me," Beachum said. "I was talking to them a little bit and they wanted me to come up on an official visit."
Beachum has agreed to take the trip up to Ann Arbor and he has set the date for the weekend of November 20th. Despite his affection for Arkansas, there is a lot that he wants to see at Michigan and he is taking the visit seriously.
"It's a great school," he said of Michigan. "I hear a lot about it so I just wanted to go up there and see for myself. A lot of people talk about it and it seems like a great program. I've seen both spots so if it's better, I gotta do what I gotta do."
In high school, Beachum lines up primarily at quarterback but in college it's hard to even project where the unique athlete lands on the field. He could play defensive tackle, running back, quarterback, tight end or more. The position projection is actually one of the key differences between Arkansas and Michigan.
"Arkansas is saying running back and they're recruiting me as a running back," he said. "Michigan is saying short yardage quarterback and defensive tackle. They say I'd be the first player in history to do that. That's what really opened up my eyes to them."
Beachum's high school season is now over and there are no playoffs ahead of him so he has the time to focus in on recruiting and make the right decision. However, he doesn't anticipate things dragging out much longer.
"Everything's on college now," said Beachum who took his official visit to Arkansas for it's contest against Auburn. "This (Michigan trip) will be my last trip hopefully."
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