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Louisiana ATH shedding sleeper tag

Zachary (La.) High School put together a solid season a year ago, reaching the second round of the Class 5A state playoffs and finishing the year with a 9-3 record. One of the big reasons was athlete Dillon Beard.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound two-way standout was a first-team all-state selection at wide receiver while also starring on the defensive side of the ball at safety and now he has picked up several offers.
"I had the offer from La Tech but some new ones have come in now too," Beard said. "I have Southeastern (Louisiana), Grambling, Arkansas State and ULL. Most of those came during the spring. I haven't been hearing from too many new schools lately.
"I have been hearing a lot from Pittsburgh though. I think they might offer. I've been talking to the wide receiver coach (Mike Norvell) from there. I think they want to see me in the first couple of games and decide to offer or not."
Beard says it he not certain what position he will play in college just yet.
"Schools are recruiting me at both," he said. "Some want me as a receiver and some like me at safety. If I had my choice I'd probably rather play receiver but it really doesn't matter to me."
Lee has made himself even more marketable to schools in that he has already posted a solid test score.
"I've already taken the ACT," he said. "I scored a 21 on it so I'm fully qualified. That won't be a problem."
Though he plans to take his time before making a commitment, Beard says a couple of in-state programs have made a strong impression on him.
"I like ULL and Louisiana Tech," he said. "They run the same spread offense as the one that I play in now. I went and visited ULL this summer. I liked it there."
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