LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Playing in a talent-packed division of California, junior running back Drake Beasley is propelling his Loyola team to a quick 5-1 start this season. On Thursday, Beasley picked up his first offer from UCLA, only adding to his prolific start to the year.
“My season is going pretty well for me for the most part,” Beasley told Today’s U. “As a whole I think we’ve done well. We had a tough loss our first week against Serra, but we lost the turnover battle which really affected the outcome of the game. I think we fought well and we are going to fix some things and finish the rest of the games strong.”
Checking in at 5’11” and 185-pounds, Beasley has the tools to succeed at the next level thanks to his quickness through the hole, vision and quick cutback ability. Beasley takes direct snaps as well as reps from the tailback position, so the rising junior is used to finding running lanes and hitting his hole with urgency, a staple to many collegiate spread offenses.
“I would say for me, I like getting north and south,” Beasley said. “I try not to make too many moves if I don’t have to. Versus Serra, I was trying to fight for yards and trying not to get tackled behind the line of scrimmage. I’m not too worried about breaking long runs because I know that the six or seven yard runs for my team are important.”
Since Beasley is accepting a larger role in Loyola’s offense this year, additional schools have showed pursuit and the junior prospect now holds his first scholarship offer from a PAC-12 program as a result.
“I think I’m getting more opportunity and more looks now,” Beasley said. “Obviously with UCLA being my first offer hopefully it will open the door to some other schools, although I do like UCLA a lot. I definitely will be keeping in touch with them.”
After picking up his Bruins offer on Thursday, Beasley spoke about his reaction and described how he was feeling.
“Oh man,” Beasley said. “I was speechless. I had no idea that I would be getting an offer so soon. Just knowing that I have the opportunity to go to college and further my education by doing what I love is just such a great feeling.”
With an offer from UCLA in hand, Beasley plans to check out the Bruins’ campus in the near future, potentially before the season is over.
“I haven’t been to their campus,” Beasley said. “But I have watched a few of their games at the Rose Bowl. I have not been up to the campus yet. Hopefully soon, I definitely want to get to campus since I’ve never been there before. I’m definitely going to try to get up there as soon as possible.”
Because that will be one of Beasley’s first visits, the junior running back isn’t immediately sure of what to expect.
“Being in the recruiting process, honestly I don’t know what to look for specifically,” Beasley said. “But I want to get a feel for the campus before I make any decisions and get a feel for the coaching staff and what type of environment they have at UCLA.”
Click here for a link to Beasley’s midseason highlight tape.