L.C. Bird DE Hakeem Beamon (HUDL photo)
Commitment Solidified! L.C. Bird lineman Hakeem Beamon commits to Penn State University
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit804
L.C. Bird starting linebacker Hakeem Beamon picked up his scholarship offer from Coach James Franklin and Penn State University near the end of January. The University of Alabama sent a scholarship offer just a day prior so the next offer to come through for Beamon was going to have to be one that would knock his socks off. It would take the L.C. Bird almost four months before he would get the opportunity to visit State College again, but when he got there in mid-May, he would go on to share the moment with Jaden Davis and Jaden Payoute.
Not even a week after visiting Penn State, Beamon (2019 DE/OT 6-4 250) made an announcement that hinted at a possible decision on his future which was slated to be made on June 16. However, in this business, things don’t always go according to the plan we lay out. On May 29, Beamon put the entire region on notice that the date change for his announcement would be moved to June 1. When Friday (of last week) came, Beamon made the decision to join Louisa County starting linebacker Brandon Smith at Penn State University.
“I want to thank God, my family, my trainer and L.C. Bird for everything thing they’ve done for me. I also want to thank every team that recruited me. With all that being said, I would like to announce that I’m committed to Penn State University,” Beamon stated in a Twitter post on Friday evening.
Penn State has made not just the Central Region a prime location for recruitment, they’ve made the entire state of Virginia an area in which they can find exquisite talent to make their program better. Not only has Penn State been able to snag a commitment out of Brandon Smith, they were able to grab Ricky Slade (C.D. Hylton), Nana Asiedu and Devyn Ford (North Stafford).
The Nittany Lions have a storied history of developing linebackers and sending them to play football at the next level. NaVorro Bowman (Oakland Raiders), Sean Lee (Dallas Cowboys), Lavar Arrington (Washington/New York) and Tamba Hali (Kansas City) are just a few linebackers that have gone on to have major success within the National Football League.
With the way Penn State develops their linebackers, there’s a great chance we will get the chance to see not only Beamon on the largest stage in 3-to-4 years, but we also may get the chance to see Brandon Smith. The Nittany Lions may have won the “Hakeem Beamon sweepstakes”, but it was not by a large margin. Ohio State, Alabama, South Carolina and North Carolina among others were all in the running to acquire the talented defensive specimen.
– Brandon Mitchell