Speed kills, as the old saying goes, and nothing is more deadly on the gridiron than a flyer in open field. Add into the mix quickness and explosion then you have a rare player who can make the opposition hold their breath and fans as well, than a speedster getting just a bit of space because you know there is the possibility that he could go all the way.
Athlete prospect De'Shawn Beck (5-10, 170, 4.38) from Los Angeles (Calif.) Jordan fits the mold of that dangerous player that makes the opposition sweat every time he touches the ball. He has that type of speed.
"De'Shawn ran a 4.49 electronic 40 recently at the Los Angeles NIKE Combine," Jordan head coach Elijah Asante said. "He had the highest SPARQ Ranking out over 900 athletes with a score of 108.3. He ran 4.38 hand held at another recent camp."
The thing that makes Beck such a special athlete is he's been a starter since his freshman season on both sides of ball playing wide receiver and corner.
"De'Shawn is an impact player on both sides of the ball," Asante said. "He has been compared favorably to (Philadelphia Eagle wide receiver) DeSean Jackson."
"De'Shawn is something else," Asante said. "He's at full speed, at the first step, he's incendiary. De'Shawn is that explosive and quick."
Beck is a two-time all-city selection and is already on the preseason all-city team. He was also honored all-state as a junior. He will be a four-year starter when the season rolls around and was even an all-league selection as a freshman.
As junior, Beck hauled in 72 receptions for 1,141 yards and 15 receiving touchdowns while averaging 15.9 yards a catch. He rushed for 280 yards and two touchdowns. He even played some quarterback throwing for 241 yards and three touchdown passes.
On the defensive side of the ball, Beck accounted for 17 tackles, four interceptions and one sack.
Beck will be participating at the NIKE Camp held in Los Angeles this Sunday.