Of the Virginia football program’s 18 commitments in the class of 2018, only one — Landstown (Virginia Beach) defensive back Joseph White — hails from the Commonwealth. Bronco Mendenhall and company are in the mix with other in-state rising seniors, though, including Blacksburg High School running back Coleton Beck.
Beck, a star on the football field as well as on the track, tweeted earlier this week that East Carolina, Louisville, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, and Virginia are his top five schools. Through Twitter DM, he wrote that does not have a favorite among the top five. Beck also remains open to other schools.
Asked what the next step is in determining his future school, the 6’1”, 188-pound prospect answered: “Probably visit [the top five schools] and just narrow them down.”
Alongside teammate Tiquest Terry, a rising junior who also boasts an offer from UVA, Beck was recently in Charlottesville on an unofficial visit. (In the below photo, Beck is pictured left.)
— Blacksburg Football (@BruinsFB) June 20, 2017
Beck agreed with the tweet, noting that he likes Cavalier head coach Bronco Mendenhall’s “values and his beliefs.” He also notes that Virginia has “a great track program already.”
Look for Beck to play football and run track at the major college level. There is no timetable for when he wants to make a college commitment.
“When I figure out what’s best for me, then I’ll make the call,” Beck wrote.
Beck was outstanding in both sports his junior year. On the gridiron, he rushed for 2,227 yards while averaging almost 10 yards per carry, helping the Bruins capture the 2016 3A state championship. Beck excelled as a kick returner as well, earning all-region and all-state honors for his performance on special teams. He earned all-region honors at running back, the position UVA wants him to play and where he likes to play.
The Blacksburg High star gained national notoriety on the track this spring, when he finished 2nd in the 100 meters at the New Balance nationals event. Beck is the reigning 3A state champion in 100m and 200m events.