May 26, 2010

Black Knights are in the mix for Beaird

When you take a look at the Memphis region, historically the SEC schools make a living in the area and you don't see many key prospects from Memphis head to the Big Ten, the Big East or schools from other conferences.

However, Army is trying to make inroads into that area, which started last season with players such as running back Keith McBride.
One player that has been on Army's radar is safety William Beaird, who was extended an offer by the Black Knights on Monday, to go along with his earlier offer from Harvard.

So when it comes to handling his recruitment safety William Beaird is taking a uniquely mature and measured approach to picking his college. The prospect out of Nashville (Tn.) Brentwood Academy isn't rushing his decision and he doesn't have the normal recruiting criteria as many prospects normally have.

For Beaird, the academic component is as important, if not more so than the athletic commitment. Clearly this is evident by his 4.0 GPA. Needless to say, Beaird was very excited when he received offers in mid-May from to East Coast based college … Army and Harvard.

"Harvard offered me on the May 17th," explains Beaird, who had an obvious excitement when he received his first college offer, but that was heighten when he pulled in his first Division I offer. "My coach kind of tipped me off that Army was about to offer me, but I was still surprised when coach Coaxum (Army cornerback coach) offered me. He came down to my school and made the offer on the 23rd (May). I like Army and you can't beat West Point when it comes to an education."

Although the 6-foot-0, 187 pounder has just two offers, there are several other schools that are stepping in to make a push for Beaird.

Beaird, who has already attended the Nike combine in Georgia and according to the talented safety, he will be attempting to make summer visits to such schools as Duke, Eastern Kentucky, Vandy, Army and a few others.

When asked of his style of play as a safety, Beaird was quick to point out his admiration of former Tennessee safety and 2010 1st round NFL pick, Eric Berry. "I really like Berry's style and I like to come down in the box and make the hit, but I can cover the deep ball as well," Beaird shared during his interview with GoBlackKnights.com.

GBK.com will continue to follow Beaird throughout the summer and his senior year.


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