Since the start of September, Abdul Beecham has received interest from several schools, but one school has stood out for the 2015 Texas offensive lineman.
“I’ve gotten mail from other colleges like BYU, Oklahoma State, Arkansas, California, Boise State, Houston, Colorado, but of course Notre Dame is the biggest school that’s been showing me interest,” the 6-foot-3, 270-pounder from Judson High School in Converse, Texas said.
“They sent me 15 letters (earlier this month) and Coach Tony Alford requested my transcripts at the end of last year.”
Seeing the letters from South Bend filtered in with the others made a big impact.
“It means a lot,” he said. “I was blown away actually. I was very excited to come from home school, look in the mail and see all of that mail from Notre Dame.
“They were about the school, the campus, the academics, the pride and their game against Michigan and the things going on on campus and all of that.”
One thing stands out about the school that stands out.
“It has to be the academics,” Beecham said of what interests him most about the Irish. “I was home-schooled all of the way until my freshman year of high school. My parents really stress academics for my family and everything. This is only my second year in high school. It’s been academics, academics, academics.
“Notre Dame is a great program and you get the best of both worlds because they’re good in football and have great academics.”
Beecham is hoping to get to South Bend at some point, but is planning to see the Irish in person this week.
“I’m trying to get there, but I will most likely be at the Notre Dame versus Arizona State game,” he said of this weekend's Shamrock Series contest in Arlington.
Beecham, who is still waiting on his first offer, believes that his size and technique stand out to college scouts.
“I’m 6-3, 270 and I’m only 16 years old,” he said. “I’m technically sound. No matter what the situation, I’m going to stay calm under pressure. I know how to work under pressure, I’m very physical on the football field and I get it right in the classroom too.
“It’s a tribute to coaches; I have great footwork. I went to a lot of football camps the past two summers getting my technique down and when it’s gametime, it’s time to get physical.”
Beecham, who figures to play guard in college, played in a power offense last year, but is working in the spread this season. He’ll be looking closely at how schools develop their linemen when making his decision.