ATH – Dee Beckwith – Florence (Florence, AL) 6-5 / 215
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Josh Ward’s Analysis: Tennessee is adding a versatile athlete who could help the Vols at a number of positions. Beckwith projects as a tight end in Tennessee’s offense but could help at receiver or even running back. Beating our rival Florida for Beckwith is an added bonus.
Eric Cain’s Analysis: UT felt good about its chances of landing Beckwith the past few months and finally got the signature today. Like his cousin Lamonte Turner, Beckwith is a talented basketball player in Florence, Ala. who possesses many skills that easily translates to the football field. The athlete has decent speed, good size and a great vertical. I think a key component for Beckwith in choosing the Vols is the versatility he’ll have in Tennessee’s offense.
With the departure of Dominick Wood-Anderson and failing to secure Darnell Washington in December, Beckwith could be the team’s best option as a receiving tight end. I’d expect to see him get a lot of action this year on the line with his hand in the dirt, flanked outside and as an H and fullback. He could be a match up nightmare against linebackers with time.
Quick Facts From UT Athletics
- Starred at Florence High School, playing quarterback, running back and receiver
- As a senior, totaled 1,055 rushing yards, 589 passing yards and 526 receiving yards to go along with 27 total touchdowns
- First Team All-State honoree who was a finalist for 7A Back of the Year and rated the No. 7 player in Alabama on the ASWA Super 12 All-State team
- Led Florence to a 7-5 record and the second round of the 2019 Class 7A playoffs, leading the Falcons to their first playoff win in five years
- Times Daily (Florence, Ala.) Player of the Year for Class 4A-7A
- Multi-sport athlete who also ran track and played basketball
Article by Eric Cain on Dee Beckwith on Volquest