Archive for Sunday, June 19, 2011

Pair commits to Kansas football

June 19, 2011


The Kansas University football program picked up a pair of commitments from the Class of 2012 on Saturday.

One came from the top offensive lineman in the state and the other in the form of a player from Camden, Ark., whom many say could be a big-time sleeper.

Brian Beckmann, a 6-foot-6, 280-pound tackle from Blue Valley West High, was the first to orally commit to Kansas on Saturday. He’s ranked by as the top offensive lineman in the state.

KU assistant Reggie Mitchell was the lead recruiter for Beckmann and offensive line coach J.B. Grimes also added to the effort.

“Coach Mitchell has always been great with us,” Beckmann told “He made sure we were always taken care of. I liked working with coach Grimes. I felt really comfortable around him.”

Beckmann chose KU over an offer from Kansas State. Alabama, Duke, Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Oklahoma and Wisconsin also showed interest.

Derek Keaton, a 5-10, 165-pound burner from Fairview High in Camden, Ark., also was in town this weekend. After an impressive showing Friday night, the Jayhawks offered Keaton a scholarship Saturday morning. He committed immediately.

Keaton, who has been clocked in the 4.4-second range in the 40-yard dash, worked out at both wide receiver and defensive back. Keaton had offers from Mississippi and Missouri State. He was scheduled to attend Arkansas’ Elite Camp later this summer but told on Saturday that he would not.

“I was going to go but I am not now,” Keaton said. “I am committed to Kansas and I am excited about it.”


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