For ESPN 300 inside linebacker Eric Beisel (Fenton, Mo./Rockwood Summit), putting on the red, white and blue for his country holds a ton of weight. When asked to play for the USA Football Under-19 national team, Beisel said it was a no-brainer.
“This was an opportunity for me to come here and represent my country, especially in the sport I love,” Beisel said. “I basically made it a high priority in my life. It’s just an honor to come out here and wear those colors, especially with some of the guys here.”
Beisel will compete with Team USA for the next two weeks in Austin, Texas. His recruiting process, for the time being, will take a back seat. The 6-foot-4, 235-pound, four-star linebacker has Missouri and Arkansas atop his list, and he’s looking at either Ohio State, Illinois or Arizona State to fill in a potential third spot.
All of the schools except Ohio State have offered, but Beisel said the Buckeyes are showing considerable interest. The race, however, may come down to the two schools currently in the lead.
“I like Missouri and the whole coaching staff. I just like being around those guys,” Beisel said. “All the guys committed, I’ve become friends with over the recruiting process. A lot of them are from the St. Louis area. I don’t give in to peer pressure, but everybody’s rooting for me to go to Mizzou.
“At Arkansas, the facilities are great there. I’m a big meathead in the weight room, and their weight program is definitely top notch. When I went down there, I made a connection with [linebackers] Coach [Taver] Johnson. I know I would feel comfortable with him as my coach.”
Beisel, ranked No. 293, had 110 tackles and a sack for Rockwood Summit in 2011. He has additional offers from Nebraska, Kansas, Kansas State and Indiana. Beisel said he hasn’t planned any additional camps for the summer and may make a decision at the end of the summer.
For now, playing strong-side linebacker for Team USA is his main priority.
“Right now, I’m here with some of the top guys in the nation,” Beisel said. “After this, I’ll focus on trying to find a top three. Everything’s started to slow down a little bit, so I can start looking at all the schools that have offered and see where I want to go.”
Beisel is the No. 14 inside linebacker in the country. He is ranked No. 4 among all players in Missouri.