Beck played for John Davis, the father of former Wolfpack quarterback Jay Davis. “One recruiting service had Beck rated the nationâ€™s No. 3 pro-style quarterback as a high school senior in 2004.” (Link)
He will miss the 2006 season due to NCAA transfer rules but will have three years to play three seasons for the Wolfpack starting in 2007.
As a senior at Clearwater (FL) Countryside, Beck was regarded as one of the nation’s top quarterback prospects. He was tabbed a four-star prospect and the No. 11 quarterback in the country by Scout.com, choosing Nebraska over offers from Florida, Florida State, NC State, Michigan, Mississippi, and Purdue among others.
North Carolina State was among seven Division I-A schools to court Beck this week, Davis said. Beck also received offers from three Division I-AA schools and two junior colleges. Davis declined to name the other schools.
Davisâ€™ son, Jay, is a graduate assistant at North Carolina State. Whatâ€™s more, Wolfpack offensive coordinator Marc Trestman served in the same capacity for the Oakland Raiders from 2002-03 when Callahan was head coach there.
Beck joins a growing list of highly-rated players that originally passed over the Wolfpack as their original college choice only to ultimately committ to the program. Derek Morris, Brandon Jefferies, and Jonathan Hannah all come to mind as other examples.
The quarterback position for NC State now goes from relatively thin to very deep. Beck’s presence on the roster MAY afford the NC State coaches the flexibility to potentially play Justin Burke this season if Marcus Stone struggles. Until now, most people believed that the Wolfpack staff would work very hard to redshirt Burke this season. If Burke does redshirt this season, then State’s depth chart at the quarterback position could look as follows for the 2007 season:
Marcus Stone, R-Sr
Daniel Evans, R-Jr
Harrison Beck, R-So
Justin Burke, R-Fr
Russell Wilson, Fr
Lastly, you would think that the folks in Nebraska would know enough football differentiate between schools like NC State and North Carolina. Maybe not. Good luck to the Huskers this year. They deserve some good breaks after the Bomar thing and now the Beck thing. At least they still have Adrian Peterson.