March 1, 2009

Beachum impressed with TCU

Jatashun Beachum isn't your prototypical quarterback and running back. The 2010 prospect from Dallas A. Maceo Smith High School has been a force in district 11-4A since his sophomore year.

What sets Beachum apart from other typical quarterbacks and running backs is he makes plays most wouldn't expect could be done at his size. But Beachum makes doubters into believers and with just one look at his highlights. And he does this all at 265 pounds.

While Beachum doesn't project as a next level quarterback or running back, he has shown enough athleticism to garner interest from several programs around the country for other positions, most notably defensive tackle.

"I'm getting a lot of interest," he said. "I'm hearing from Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas, Wake Forest, Iowa, Colorado, SMU, TCU, and Texas A&M. I don't have any offers yet. I do want to stay close to home."

As a junior Beachum earned district 11-4A honors as a quarterback and running back but says a switch to defense would be something he would like to do.

"I played my sophomore year at defensive tackle," he said. "Really, playing offense is a lot of fun to me because I like to run the ball but I like to tackle too. I play wherever they want me to play."

Beachum has plans to see Oklahoma in two weeks but last Saturday he was on hand to catch the first spring practice for the TCU Horned Frogs. The 6-foot-1, 265-pounder came away very impressed with what he saw.

"I think TCU would be a good place to play football at," he said. "The facilities were real nice. I could see myself going there. I like the practice, Coach Patterson is a good coach. I don't know a lot about the defense but I was watching them. TCU is in my top five. Texas, Oklahoma, A&M and Iowa are the others."

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