Kendell Beckwith commits to LSU Over Alabama

Kendell Beckwith - Bud Elliott (SB Nation)

LSU wins a recruiting battle during a high-school all-star game.

Kendell Beckwith committed to the LSU Tigers over the Alabama Crimson Tide during the Under Armour All-America Game Friday night on ESPN. The 6'3, 225-pound linebacker from Jackson (La.) East Feliciana High School was torn between the two SEC West rivals. Beckwith has visited both schools multiple times, and the decision process was not easy for the big backer.

LSU's advantage is that it is the hometown school, and it has recruited the four-star Beckwith the longest. Relationships are very important in recruiting, and LSU recruits as well as any team in the country.

Beckwith is much better rushing the passer and playing the run than he is defending the pass. He looks like a player who could get quite big. Many recruiting experts wonder if Beckwith will need to move to defensive end. If he does, he should fit quite nicely with LSU's defense, which has shown a willingness to play smaller defensive ends.

Beckwith is the 25th commitment of the 2013 class for the Tigers.

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