April 30, 2009

Beachum being recruited for variety of positions

The unusual tale of Dallas A. Maceo Smith athlete Jatashun Beachum was a relative unknown in the class of 2010. That's because the 6-foot-2, 275-pound Beachum is the size of most defensive tackle prospects, but played mostly quarterback and running back the past three seasons.

Beachum's unusual tale actually began when he started at quarterback as a freshman after the starter got hurt. Beachum said that in his first game he threw for over 300 yards and rushed for 100 yards. As a sophomore, he was playing defensive tackle and was a short yardage specialist when a starting running back got hurt. Beachum promptly claimed the starting running back position.

Last season, Beachum split time at both positions and wound up with nearly 800 of yards total offense in helping lead his team to a 6-4 record. However, while many other skill position players had a bigger impact on the field, none of them were bigger physically than Beachum. The prospect of a having a player as big as Beachum and capable of running a 4.6-second 40-yard dash at his size has garnered Beachum 15 offers from schools across the country, and has gotten Smith head coach Elzie Barnett daily phone calls from college recruiters.

Beachum has scholarship offers from Florida, Miami, Florida State, Kansas, Kansas State, Arizona, Arizona State, Baylor, Utah, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas A&M.

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