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Beckford claims a new offer

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Irvington, N.J. linebacker Dwayne Beckford added a new offer last week. The 6-foot-0, 209-pounder picked up the scholarship from the Big East.
"I got offered last week by Pittsburgh," he stated. "I don't know too much about them, but I'm trying to learn more. I'd like to play for a coach like Dave Wannstedt."
Numerous other schools are in touch with the Garden State linebacker including Rutgers, Tennessee and Alabama. They all have not offered to date.
"They're sending me a lot of letters and telling me that I should come and check out the campus."
Beckford hasn't scheduled any visits yet, although he confirmed there is a trip coming in the near future.
"I plan to get to Syracuse probably at the end of the month for an unofficial. That's the only visit I know about right now," he said. "I hear a lot from a friend of mine that goes there Grant Mayes. He tells me it's really nice and a good school. I want to go up and check it out, meet the players."
Syracuse is one of a variety of schools that have offered along with Connecticut, Michigan State, Purdue, Temple, East Carolina and Toledo.
Does Beckford have any favorites?
"I really like Purdue because one of my teammates goes there," he said. "I like Temple with the whole rebuilding thing and I can get a lot of playing time. Michigan State and Connecticut are interesting too since the coaches are cool."
Meanwhile, Beckford has helped his team to a 5-0 record.
"I feel that we're tough and have a lot of heart," he said. "I've done well this season. I have 48 tackles, seven sacks and three touchdowns. I feel a lot stronger and I just want to go out there and win a championship."
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