ESPN 150 star Beckwith talks Tide, Tigers

ESPN 150 Watch List star Kendell Beckwith already visited LSU twice this spring, so last week he had to make a trip to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to visit the other school on the top of his list, the University of Alabama.

“It went great,” Beckwith said. “I watched their spring practice, talked with Coach (Nick) Saban and Coach (Burton) Burns afterwards. It was real nice.

“At practice, I noticed how competitive guys are and how hard they were working out there. They really get at it. I was really watching the whole defense, but I watched the linebackers real close.”

The Louisiana native who stands at 6-foot-3, 225 pounds is listed as an athlete because he can play just about anywhere on defense. In college, he hopes to play a similar position to what former UA star Courtney Upshaw played last year for the Crimson Tide.

“I love Alabama’s defense,” Beckwith said. “I like the 3-4. I would like to rush off the end but also drop back into coverage on the next level if I can.”

Beckwith met with Saban when he was in town, and the two talked primarily about the Tide’s defense and how he would fit in.

“He was basically telling how they operate their system and what they expect from their players,” Beckwith said. “He was just getting into their defense, what kind of defense they run and everything.”

Although he has offers from a number of other schools, Beckwith has focused most of his attention on Alabama and LSU, and plans to make a decision between those two at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January.

The two visits this spring didn’t create any separation between the two SEC West powers, so what’s going to be the deciding factor?

“I really don’t know,” Beckwith said. “There’s going to have to be something, something that’s going to have to happen for me to like one over the other. I don’t know.”

Maybe a football game will be the difference. The Tide and the Tigers will meet again in Baton Rouge this November.

“That will probably have a part to play in it,” Beckwith said.

Beckwith plans to make return trips to both schools this summer for their camps.