Linebacker Dwayne Beckford took his second official visit of the season this past weekend. The Irvington, N.J. prospect headed to Michigan State to check out the Spartans.
"I had a lot of fun on the visit," he said. "I was there Friday through Sunday. When I was out there, I saw the campus, stadium, press box, had dinner a couple times and hung out with the players and other recruits.
"I was hosted by Oren Wilson. He's a really cool guy, he's a Jersey guy too. We could relate on a lot of stuff. The interesting thing he told me was that they need linebackers and if I come there I can help them make a lot of plays."
Without a game on Saturday, how did Beckford pass the time?
"I met with a lot of the academic people," he said. "I talked with someone from the business department, met an accountant teacher, checked out the facilities and saw more of the campus."
Before leaving Michigan State, the two-star prospect met with the coaches.
"I talked to all the coaches," he said. "I met with Coach D'Antonio. He told me that he thought I looked good enough to start right away. If I come there I'd start on the second team.
"That's really appealing to hear. That might be the place for me. I liked Coach D'Antonio. He's a real nice guy, hardworking and helps his players reach their potential."
The visit was a good one, but was it enough to put the Spartans out in front.
"I had a lot of fun, more than I expected," he stated. "Right now I feel they are at the top of my list with Purdue and Temple. I don't really have a leader in the top three.
"I like those schools because I'm closest with the coaches there. I can really talk to them and am comfortable around them."
Beckford may take his final official visit this weekend to Temple.
"I'm also looking at visit to Connecticut, there's a slim chance I'll go on that one."
How close is Beckford to a decision?
"I probably will have it in the next month. It's not going to be all the way to February."