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Beckner has barely begun recruitment

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College coaches from across the country are making overtures to East St. Louis, Ill., class of 2015 defensive linemen Terry Beckner Jr., but thus far the 6-foot-4, 270-pound has yet to reciprocate.
Beckner lists 19 scholarship offers heading into his junior season from programs like Florida, Florida State, Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State and Tennessee. He still has to get to know the coaches who offered him, though.
"I really haven't met any coaches yet," Beckner said. "Hopefully I'll get to meet some of the coaching staffs this fall and into my senior year."
Beckner did not make any college visits this summer, choosing instead to prepare for his junior season. The one place he was seen this summer was the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge presented by Under Armour in June, where he was one of only a handful of rising juniors invited.
"I felt kind of good about [my performance], but I know I could have done better at the camp," Beckner said. "There are some things I need to work on a little more, like my quickness."
With his priority being personal development college recruiting has taken a back seat, but Beckner is hoping to get some visits in this fall.
"I haven't made my schedule yet, but I am going to try to make it to some games," Beckner said. "I might try to make a [long] road trip."
A final decision is still over a year away, however, and Beckner said no schools stand out to him at this stage of his recruitment.
"I am going to make my decision in my senior year after I take my official visits," he said. "[Officials] will be one of the main things, see how I respond to the school, the facilities and most of all is the education. I want to get a great education."
Beckner will reprise his role as defensive end in East St. Louis' defensive front seven this fall. They open their 2013 season this Saturday against Kansas City (Mo.) Rockhurst.
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