Defensive tackle Noel Beckles (6-1, 280, 5.1) from Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei has had a good spring. He was outstanding at the adidas camp held in Westwood in early May and followed up that performance with a good effort at the NIKE Camp in Palo Alto a week later.
Beckles didn't lose any of his one-on-one competitions at the adidas camp while displaying a downright nasty attitude.
At the NIKE Camp Beckles looked very good and displayed his athleticism going through the agility drills, but during the one-on-ones he was slowed a bit because he became pretty sick with food poisoning, but he toughed out and did a pretty good job all things considered.
Beckles is planning a busy offseason and will continue to work on his skills by attending team camps.
"I'm going to UCLA's one-day camp on June 7th and probably USC's one day camp, too," Beckles said. "I'm also planning on going to Oregon State's Camp in June."
On the recruiting trail, Beckles has been quite the attraction for college coaches this spring evaluation period..
"Hawai'i, Nebraska, Syracuse, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, UCLA, and New Mexico," Beckles said. "Cal and Arizona coaches gave coach Owen Brown their number and asked Coach Brown to ask me to call them."
In the weight room, Beckles currently benches 315, squats 400, and power cleans 250. He has recorded a vertical jump of 28-inches and ran the shuttle in 4.7.
In an earlier interview with Brown he had the following to say about Beckles.
"Noel was easily the best interior defensive lineman in our league," Verbum Dei line coach Owen Brown said. "He's a freak. Noel was double teamed on just about every play and he was still able to put pressure on the quarterback.
"The thing about Noel is he has that nasty streak in him when he's on the field," Brown said. "He's a nice kid off the field, but when he steps in between the lines, he's all about business.
"Noel isn't about making friends while on the field," Brown said. "He's about winning.
As a junior Beckles accounted for 52 tackles, 13 tackles for loss five sacks and three fumble recoveries.