(*Editor's note...What the heck does "Commitment to Eight" mean? It is our new recurring title for recruit commitments referencing a commitment to work towards the Gopher's Eighth National Championship.)
Minnesota’s big recruiting weekend finished on a high note, as Coach Fleck landed another defensive back with Power 5 offers to Minnesota. Adam Beck announced his commitment on Sunday. He’s a defensive back who could play safety or corner and he’s a winner whose team won the Texas State Title (5A level) during his junior year.
Scout.com’s recap of big commitments over the weekend. GopherIllustrated ($cout).
Beck, who has the frame of a safety, has a lot of experience playing cornerback. He is tremendous in coverage and will provide versatility in any defensive backfield.
Scout.com’s Analysis of Beck.
Adam Beck is a big-framed cornerback prospect with skills that translate to multiple positions in the secondary. Consistently puts himself in position to make plays on the ball vs. the pass. Good anticipation and awareness. Factor vs. the run. Willing and capable of disrupting perimeter runs/screen game with tackling ability. Fights through cuts and screens to get to the ball. Not afraid to deliver the big hit. Great frame that will hold more weight in college. Potential fit as a corner, nickel, or safety if needed. Height/length occasionally prevent peak agility and turn-and-run ability.
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 180 lbs.
Fake 40 Time: 4.6
Power 5 Offers - Texas Tech, Baylor, Kansas, Iowa St, Mississippi St
Big 4 Ratings:
c2Eight - Beck.csv
Senior year highlights:
In Two Words - if you have to remember just two things about this player...
I’m digging deep on this one but I’m going to liken Beck to Trumaine Banks who graduate back in 2006, playing for Glen Mason. Banks was rangy and had great ball skills who was nearly converted to safety, but he remained at corner. I suspect that Beck has similar versatility but will ultimately be a safety.
Excellent height and ball skills makes Beck much more suited to be a free safety rather than a strong safety who is relied upon for run support. Not quick enough to play corner but his 6’2” frame with a nice wingspan should make him an excellent safety down the road. Good ball skills, good tackler but no elite speed.
Impact on Other Prospects?
Defensive backs are needed, considering may lose
the Gophers lost Creamer this weekend I think there is still room for more DBs in this class.