March 29, 2013

Clarkston (Mich.) DL David Beedle racking up offers

If you are a college coach, grab the GPS and put in the address for Clarkston (Mich.) High School. If you are looking for a Division 1 talent, you can't go wrong as the school features as many as four in the class of 2014. One of them is OL/DL David Beedle, and the 6-foot-5 and 260 pound Beedle is one of the hottest prospects in the state of Michigan.

Most schools are looking at him on the defensive side of the ball, and he currently holds MAC offers from Central Michigan, Ohio, Bowling Green, Toledo and Western Michigan. Iowa, Northern Illinois, Kansas, Indiana, and Maryland are the other schools he is hearing from the most, with several others showing interest as well.

As for the Chippewas, Beedle had a chance to visit Mount Pleasant at one of CMU's recent Junior Days.

"Yeah, I went up for Junior Day a few weeks ago," said Beedle. "I really liked the campus and the coaching staff. They are real down to earth and straight forward with you, which I like. Coach (Mike) Cummings is the main recruiter in my area and he is a really cool guy. He is easy to talk to and we get along really well."

And any school he visits will be put in the microscope, as Beedle has made plenty of visits and is doing his due diligence to find out more about schools.

"I've visited all the schools that offered me except for Ohio," added Beedle. "I also visited Michigan State for a game last year, and I really liked them. The MAC has a lot of really good programs and there are some great schools, but going from the MAC to the Big Ten was way different. The atmosphere for the Michigan State game was crazy and you could just feel the energy in the stadium and everything. It was an awesome experience and definitely opened my eyes."

Beedle also elaborated on the things he is looking for in a school.

"I really am looking for a great atmosphere, some place where you can play in front of a lot of fans," said Beedle. "And the coaching staff needs to be fun and energetic, not dull and bland, I don't know if I could go to a program like that. Academically I want to go to a school that has my program, I'm looking to go into physical education and recreation."

One thing is for certain, he will have plenty of friends to bounce his thoughts off of. Clarkston also features defensive back Tim Cason, offensive lineman Nick Matich who just received a CMU offer, and running back Ian Eriksen. Recruiting is a hot topic among the teammates, and they have made a lot of trips together to see different schools.

"It's pretty cool to have those guys to talk to," said Beedle on whether it helps to have teammates going through recruiting. "At lunch every day, that is pretty much what we all are talking about, who went where and our likes and dislikes. It definitely helps to talk it over with your teammates."

Last season Clarkston finished what Beedle termed as a "pretty exception season" with a perfect 9-0 record in the regular season, including impressive wins vs. Lake Orion and then Grand Blanc in the playoffs. But the motivation for 2013 came by way of Rockford, who defeated Clarkston 25-19 in the MHSAA Regionals. But if talent is any indicator, Clarkston may get a chance for redemption.

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