The Kansas Jayhawks offered their first in-state prospect in the Class of 2012 back in February,…
2012 Preview: Brian Beckmann
In accordance with a new rule passed by the athletic governing body, Aug. 1 is now the first day college football programs can formally extend scholarship offers to prep athletes. The Kansas City metropolitan area typically produces at least a handful of Division One football players each year, and the Class of 2012 will be no exception. One who can expect to receive his fair share of interest – and mail come the first of August – is Overland Park (KS) Blue Valley West offensive lineman Brian Beckmann. One of the most physically-imposing athletes in the region, at 6-foot-6.5 inches tall and weighing in at 285 pounds, Beckmann is both a football and track standout for the Jaguars – and college programs are already taking notice. On Jan. 15, he attended the first Junior Day recruiting event of the season for the Kansas Jayhawks, along with a number of prospects from throughout the region. "I've been up to Lawrence many times in my life, and I've been to many basketball games, many football games," Beckmann said. "I've even gone up for the KU Relays, so I am pretty familiar with it." Kansas head coach Turner Gill and his staff are hardly the only ones showing interest, however. The mountainous offensive guard has also received letters from the likes of Alabama, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Oklahoma and Wisconsin – having met with Sooners coaches and attended a game in Norman, Okla. as well. Beckmann received an invite to this month's U.S. Army All-American Combine in San Antonio, Texas, but was recovering from a minor injury and was unable to attend. As a result, he plans to hit the combine circuit this summer to showcase his abilities. As a blocker, he feels like he possesses a number of strengths. "I would say for strengths, I have always thought of myself as a fairly good pass blocker," Beckmann explained. "I just think that if I learned to use leverage better that I would get even better. And in terms of run blocking I usually get a good push on the defender once I lock on." Beckmann currently maintains a 3.71 grade point average. He earned honorable mention honors on the all-league team in the talent-rich East Kansas League.
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