Saying, “It just felt so right that there wasn’t any doubt,” Plant High linebacker Andrew Beck announced Tuesday that he is committing to play football in 2014 for the University of Texas, leaving 15 other college offers behind.
“When something feels that right, there is no reason to wait,” said Beck, who recently re-visited Texas after spending his fourth- through seventh-grade years in the Lone Star State while his father, Chris, moved with the military. “It just felt like the right place for me.”
Beck, who led the Panthers with 126 tackles as a junior in 2012, also had offers from Stanford, Florida State, South Florida and Miami, among others. But he said coach Mack Brown and the players sold him on the Longhorns.
“(Brown) is re-energized and I feel confident that the program is moving in the right direction,” said Beck, who is listed at 6-foot-3, 240 pounds. “I’m not looking to jump in there and be the superstar. I’m ready to work and earn my position.”
Beck admittedly has always had a soft spot for Texas after participating in a Little League football camp as a 9-year-old at the school in 2006. When he committed on Tuesday, he even displayed a picture of him at the camp with Longhorns coach Brown.
"That memory did stay with him," said Beck's father, Chris. "But I made sure he went back for a visit and after that he felt sure this was the place for him."