BELLFLOWER, Ca. – On Wednesday, May 20, junior cornerback Traveon Beck is going to announce his collegiate commitment to the public. Behind the scenes, the 5’10”, 170-pound Beck has been hard at work looking to help lead St. John Bosco to another successful season this year.
“The offseason has been going real well,” Beck said. “Just having fun with my team. Trying to help get back to a national title and things like that. Recruitment has picked up a lot this offseason, so it’s been going real well right now.
“Right now, I am working on getting bigger and getting faster, working on my technique… things like that.”
Beck, who is rated as a three-star prospect on 247sports.com, has a skill set that can only expand going forward. What sets him apart from other players, though, is his mentality and approach to high-pressure situations.
“I feel like I am just an overall playmaker for any defense that I go to,” Beck said. “I feel like I can shut down the team’s best receiver and, if you need a play from me, I would be the one to make that play and to lead a defense.”
In terms of who he would compare his game to, Beck says either the Arizona Cardinals’ Tyrann Mathieu or the Cleveland Browns’ Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, a rookie out of Oregon.
Just like those two, Beck is a threat in coverage and in run support, as the talented corner notched 97 tackles, three interceptions and three forced fumbles last season.
Beck, who will be committing tomorrow, says that San Jose State, Cal, Nebraska and Virginia have been in contact the most lately. His final top group, however, consists of three Pac-12 schools.
“The ones I’m focusing on right now a lot would be Cal, Washington State and Arizona State. Yeah, that is my top three for right now.”
With that group of schools in close examination, Washington State stands out due to its style of recruitment and that the possibility of early playing time is a big factor in his recruitment.
“I will start off with Washington State,” Beck said. “It’s just the way they recruit me. They have a need for defensive backs. They say I can really come in and play early. That is something interesting to me and highly regarded.”
As for Arizona State, Beck sees a bright future ahead for the Sun Devils. The defensive scheme in place at ASU is also an intriguing factor.
“With Arizona State they are starting to turn into a PAC-12 powerhouse,” Beck said. “The defense is really fit for me with a lot of blitzing and getting the ball out fast so I can use my quickness to make plays.”
The school with the best shot at landing Beck’s commitment tomorrow may be the most recent one to offer. Beck picked up an offer from California last Saturday after a 7-on-7 tournament, and the Golden Bears have long been a favored school in the Beck camp.
“Cal has kind of always been my dream school, so I really like the school a lot,” Beck said. “It’s like the top university in the world, so you can’t really pass that up. I feel like I also can go there and play early.”
As of right now, Beck still plans to use all five of his official visits after announcing his commitment.
“I know which officials I want to take,” Beck said. “I will be taking all five. I will be taking an official to Wisconsin, San Jose State, Cal, Arizona State and Washington State.”