December 30, 2009

Southfield-Lathrup OL one to watch for '11

2010 was not considered a great year for offensive line talent in the state of Michigan. That may not be the case in 2011, as several quality prospects are already starting to emerge. One of them is 6-foot-5, 310-pound Willie Beavers of Southfield-Lathrup High School. SpartanMag.com caught up with Beavers recently and got some details on his recruitment.

This past fall Beavers helped anchor a high school offensive line that averaged over 6-foot-2, 275-pounds tackle to tackle. Beavers was usually the player Lathrup ran behind when they needed to get the tough yards. His improvement from his sophomore to junior year opened the eyes of many college scouts and coaches. Because of that, Beavers is now getting a lot of early recruiting attention. SpartanMag.com asked him about the schools that are currently showing him the most interest.

"I hear the most from Michigan and Cincinnati," he said. "I also am hearing from Iowa, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. I have not heard as much from Michigan State or Ohio State though."

Beavers was an All-Conference selection for Southfield-Lathrup last season. He is looking forward to showcasing his skills at some of the local and regional camps and combines that will be held late this winter and spring.

Rivals.com Analyst Greg Ladky was able to watch Beavers this fall when scouting several class of 2010 Michigan players and had the following assessment of his ability:

"The biggest player at the event. He may have been the best too. Just a junior at 6-foot-5, it is easy to assume Beavers is carrying a lot of bad weight. He is not sloppy looking at all. He is simply a big and wide kid that moves well and overwhelms defenders with his natural size and strength. Against Pontiac, Beavers pulled from the right tackle spot and lead the ball carrier twenty yards down the field before burying a defensive back, allowing the ball carrier to gain an extra ten yards. He looks comfortable in pass protection. He has a tendency to slow his feet while engaged with a defender, but Beavers clearly has an elite skill set."

Beavers informed SpartanMag.com that right now he is working on putting together his junior season highlight tape. Once that tape is completed and sent out, it is very likely that his recruitment will really start to heat up. SpartanMag.com will be sure to make sure Rivals.com gets a copy of that film to upload into the recruiting database.

In addition to working out for football, Beavers stated that he will be participating in track this spring throwing the shot and disc. Those events allow players to work on their footwork and explosiveness, two things Beaver wants to improve before his senior season.

Beavers gave SpartanMag.com a very good assessment of the things he does well and the things he believes he needs to improve upon.

"My strengths are my quickness, technique and knowledge of the game. What I need to work on is my strength and pad level."

Improved strength will come with time and pad level is something most kids his size struggle with early on. Once Beavers address those issues, his potential will be extremely high.

Look for more on Beavers throughout the coming months as his recruitment begins to heat-up.


Matt Dorsey's Take: The Spartans are very close to putting the finishing touches on what I believe will be one of the best Offensive line classes the team has had in the last 10-15 years. For that reason they will be able to be very selective at the OL spot in 2011.

Beaver is a player OL Coach Dan Roushar will certainly look forward to having ion campus and working with. As has been shown in the past, players that perform well at camp get offers. That is how Henry Conway, Michael Dennis and Ethan Ruhland secured their Spartan scholarships.


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