has been making headlines at Kansas City (KS) Piper High School since he first stepped into the lineup his freshman year. The 6-foot-3, 244-pound linebacker has led the Pirates in tackles for three years, and led them to a District Championship and pair of Class 4A playoff wins in 2013. Beebe was honored with the Bobby Bell Award on Tuesday at the 31st annual Simone Awards as the most outstanding small class lineman or linebacker in Kansas City.
"I feel very honored," Beebe said with a smile. "It's something you don't really have happen all the time. I feel special to be among the greats."
With 159 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, and 2 sacks in his best season yet, the standout junior is among some elite company. Four-star Kansas City (MO) Center High School defensive tackle Maliek Collins
took home the Bell Award last year before signing with Nebraska
. Other recent winners include Kansas State
defensive lineman Travis Britz
in 2011, and Northern Illinois
defensive end Joe Windsor
"You don't really see kids from Piper getting big recognition," Beebe said of what the honor means to his program. "Not many people know guys on our team unless they follow us. Players like the Simone winners, and guys in the higher classes, they know them. You don't really hear much about Piper, so it brings the whole community together."
As he continued to lead the Pirate defense in 2013, Beebe also became a feature part of head coach Chris Brindle's offense. The physical runner carried the ball 95 times for 349 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also got involved in the passing game, with 21 receptions for 236 yards and 3 TDs. College programs have taken note, as Arkansas
, Iowa State
, Kansas State
, Nebraska, and Tulsa
are all showing interest in Beebe.
"I was really excited," he said of the presentation. "When I first heard my name, relief kind of came on. I've known all the hard work I put in this summer and throughout the season. It was a really happy moment for me and my family."
With his senior year at Piper still ahead of him, Beebe knows the Bell Award puts an even bigger target on his back heading into next season. But the chance to follow former Missouri
linebacker Brock Christopher
as the only two-time winner is something he's already thinking about.
"Having something like that was very special," he said of the honor. "It's not easy to do anything twice, especially awards like that. I feel like this summer, getting in the weight room and getting my speed up will help me a lot. As long as I'm doing what my team needs me to do, I don't really have to have 159 tackles again."
Tuesday's Simone Awards recognized one of the top prospects in Kansas, as Piper's Colton Beebe was honored as the most outstanding small class lineman or linebacker in Kansas City. The 2015 prospect talks with Scout.com about receiving the prestigious Bobby Bell Award.
2015 prospect Colton Beebe receives the Bobby Bell Award as the top small class LB in Kansas City