June 3, 2008

SoCal DL is attracted to Ole Miss

Los Angeles (Verbum Dei HS) defensive tackle prospect Noel Beckles was channeling surfing last fall when he happened on an Ole Miss football game. From that point on, he's had his eye on the Rebels.

The fact Ole Miss isn't currently recruiting him hasn't entirely discouraged him from continuing to look at a program around 2,500 miles from his home.

"I just saw their game on television and I ended up watching every game that I could get last fall," Beckles said Monday. "I also got on the internet and looked for all the information I could about the program, and I just like what I see - the coaches, the program - everything."

The 6-foot-2, 275 prospect said that he's not heard from Ole Miss, but he'd be interested if the Rebels come calling.

However, Beckles concedes that after not hearing from Ole Miss, his interest is dying down somewhat and he's beginning to look at other schools.

Meanwhile, he's yet to receive his first offer, but is getting interest from Arizona, Arizona State, California, and Washington. He says New Mexico, Oregon State and UCLA are currently recruiting him the hardest.

"Noel was easily the best interior defensive lineman in our league," Verbum Dei line coach Owen Brown told Rivals.com earlier this year. "He's a freak. Noel was double teamed on just about every play and he was still able to put pressure on the quarterback."

"The thing about Noel is he has that nasty streak in him when he's on the field," Brown said. "He's a nice kid off the field, but when he steps in between the lines, he's all about business."

"Noel is already a regional recruit, but by the end of the summer he could be a national recruit," Brown continued. "He potentially can be that good."

Beckles participated in the Adidas Elite Camp by Recruits Unlimited in Los Angeles last month and impressed the recruiting experts.

"The player who stood out the most was Beckles," wrote Rivals.com recruiting expert Rick Kimbrel. "Not only didn't Beckles lose any of his one-on-one competitions, but he was downright nasty about too. Beckles was very explosive off the football, so much so, the man going up against him didn't have a chance."

Not only did Beckles impress at the Adidas camp, but also at the NIKE Camp in Palo Alto a week later.

"At the NIKE Camp Beckles looked very good and displayed his athleticism going through the agility drills, but during the one-on-ones he was slowed a bit because he became pretty sick with food poisoning, but he toughed out and did a pretty good job all things considered," Kimbrel wrote.

Last year, as a junior, Beckles had 52 tackles which include 13 stops for a loss with five sacks, statistics he feels he'll improve on this fall.

Beckles says he has a 2.74 GPA and scored an 840 on the SAT.


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