Andrew Beck Commits to Texas: 4-Star LB Huge out of State Pick Up for Mack Brown

Andrew Kulha@@AKonSportsSenior Analyst IIIApril 10, 2013

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

Mack Brown and his Texas Longhorns program keeps on rolling on the recruiting trail with the news that they've picked up yet another commitment.

Andrew Beck is a 4-star inside linebacker out of Tampa, Florida. He's 6'3'', 227 pounds and is ranked as the No. 20 inside linebacker in the 2014 class, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. 

According to Corey Dowlar of, Beck has committed to Texas:

TAMPA, Fla. -- Coming off his final unofficial visit to Stanford, all signs seemed to be indicating Andrew Beck (Tampa, Fla./Plant) was headed to California. Until they pointed to Austin, Texas, instead. 

Dressed in a suit, the 6-foot-3, 230-pound inside linebacker stood and thanked those in attendance, and some that weren't. But when it was time to pull the hat out of the bag, it was burnt orange, not red. 

"Everybody told me, 'When you get to the right place, you just feel it in your stomach,'" Beck said of his visit to Texas. "That's really what I felt at Texas. Not just the players and the coaches, but everybody that is associated with Texas football. 


For those keeping track at home, Texas now boasts 14 commitments, and it's firmly on top of the early 2014 247Sports composite team rankings.

I've talked ad nauseam about in-state recruiting and how important that is for Brown and the Longhorns in 2014, but Beck represents a pretty big out-of-state commitment. There are a few states that are known for producing elite recruiting talent on a yearly basis, and Florida is without a doubt one of the top states on that list.

Beck is only ranked as the No. 63 recruit from the state (247Sports Composite), but considering how talent-laden Florida is, even being  No. 63 is very impressive. Texas is getting a good player with a ton of upside. According to Dowlar's report, Texas does indeed plan on using Beck as a middle linebacker and he could even be an H-back candidate on the goal line.

If in-state recruiting is the key to success, then out-of-state recruiting could be considered the x-factor, so Texas should undoubtedly feel good about reaching into Florida and landing Beck. Being able to out-recruit Stanford, who appeared to be his favorite after a visit, is also big for Brown and his staff. 

The no-visit policy should once again be noted, and one can only imagine that living in Florida and having offers from Florida State, Miami, South Florida and UCF could make things somewhat interesting for Beck. There's also Stanford to consider, even though it appears any impact the Cardinal made is a distant memory at this point.

Keeping Beck committed will be important for Brown considering all the momentum that Texas is riding right now, so the Longhorns can't afford to let off the gas, per se, in regards to communication with him and maintaining a good recruiting relationship.

If they can keep him committed, Brown and his staff will be getting a very big out-of-state recruit, and that's huge in regards to supplementing the impressive in-state recruiting class that Texas has already put together.


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