The Opening: Terry Beckner Interview

The Opening: Terry Beckner Interview

East St. Louis (Ill.) defensive lineman Terry Beckner talks to Scout at The Opening about what his official visit and decision plans are along with which schools he hears from most.

Terry Beckner is the lone representative of the state of Illinois at The Opening this year, but he did his part yesterday, performing well in limited one on ones.

The 6-foot-5, 290-pound defensive lineman has offers from around the country but said he has not narrowed his list and is still open to any and all schools.

In addition, a decision or even movement in his recruitment is not expected for some time.

"I'm going to try to do my visits after my season so probably after the All-American Game in January."

While the field is wide open, Beckner admits there are a handful of programs who he hears from more than the others.

"Really everybody that's after me but there's couple that standout," he said, "Missouri, Ohio State, Florida State, Illinois, Florida, Nebraska's been after me, Michigan State, there are a lot."

When Beckner does decide, he says academics and relationship with the coaches will be his primary focuses. With late official visits, he does expect to announce a decision, he says, until close to or on Signing Day.

While visits have been difficult to take, he did get to Missouri back in the Winter and has a former teammate in Greg Taylor and a current teammate in Natereace Strong headed there.

"I talk to [Missouri's coaches] very often on Facebook and it's really cool, but that's one thing Nate hasn't been doing is -- he hasn't been in my ear -- him or Greg."

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