ATH Brayden Beard will be attending camps this summer hoping to run a 4.4 to earn his 1st offer…
Spring Watch: Brayden Beard
Brayden Beard isn't afraid of competition. In fact, the Fredericksburg (Texas) receiver thrives off of opportunities to prove his talent on the field. Case in point: when the Nike Football Training Camp headed to the Lone Star State, Beard competed in Dallas on Saturday, then drove to Houston for Sunday's camp, eager for another chance to sharpen his skills. "I think it went really well. I went to the Dallas NFTC and I talked with their coaches afterwards and they said they wanted to see me in Houston to get another look and so I could get more recognition. So I went out there and competed and I felt like it went really well. "I worked out in a group with some of the top prospects and I just competed well," he said. Beard is ready to take on more competition over the next few months, as the 5-foot-9, 185-pound prospect plans to camp at a few schools. "I think I'm going to try to get to another NFTC, maybe the one in Oakland. Mini camps are really important for me this summer so I can try to get offers to come in. Coaches have said that because of my size, they just want to see me in person and see me run. I'll see who calls during the evaluation period and who is most interested to have me at their mini camp," he said. Beard's junior highlights The athlete has had the chance to visit a few programs and is starting to receive interest. "The recruiting process has been a little slow, but good. Over spring break, I visited Tulsa, Kansas, and Iowa State, and then I went back to Tulsa for their spring practice. It was just really good to be face to face with coaches and be able to talk with them and see where they thought I stood and what I needed to do in the future. "I've been to SMU three times and have been talking with their coaching staff, but other than that, I haven't visited anywhere else," he said. With the spring evaluation period beginning today and continuing through May 31, Beard is looking forward to hearing from some more schools and having college staffs come down to Fredericksburg. "Kansas, Tulsa, and SMU all said they were going to try to make it down. We are a 3A going up to 4A, so we aren't allowed to be padded. It makes it a little harder for coaches to come down and watch practice. "I'd love to hear more from Kansas; I really liked what their coaching staff had to say; they have great facilities and it's in the Big 12. But my options are open to everyone and I'm ready to see what anyone has to offer for me and what would be best for me in the end," he said. The receiver continues to be optimistic, as he has confidence in his ability to play ball at the next level. "Out of the fourteen top guys I was working with at the Houston NFTC, 12 had four or more offers. But I could compete with them, and I'm hoping that number one could come in soon. "l have speed and quickness. I have the ability to stretch the field vertically with my speed, but I'm also really good at the short game. I use my quickness to move around and be elusive with defensive backs or linebackers," he said.
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