Terry Beckner Jr. is considered one of the top defensive linemen in the country and perhaps the best prospect in the Midwest in the Class of 2015, and is being target by a number of top-tier programs.
Beckner attends East Saint Louis (Ill.) High School and is projected to play defensive end at the next level. He is listed at 6'4 and weighs in at 268 pounds.
The rising senior is considered a five-star by 247sports and a four-star by Rivals, Scout and ESPN. He is also a five-star on the 247sports composite, which aggregates the ratings of all four major recruiting services. The composite ranks Beckner as the 23rd-best player in the class, considering him the second-best strong-side defensive end in the nation and the top player in the state of Illinois. 247sports is high on Beckner, ranking him as the second-best player in the class.
Beckner claims offers from LSU, USC, Florida State, Michigan and Florida, among others.
What makes Beckner so coveted by the top programs in the country?
To start, he offers an excellent blend of size and athleticism. He is impressively muscled for a high school player, but does not look like someone who has already reached his ceiling and won't continue to improve at the college level.
Beckner is strong. On multiple highlights, he is easily able to discard blockers as they are simply not prepared for the force he delivers with a blow. Beckner also has good, but not great, length and is able to use it to control blockers and prevent them from getting into his chest.
But Beckner is not just about size and speed. He also displays good body control and bend, and is not just a straight-line player. In several highlights, he is able to change course, pursue a ball carrier and bring him down.
And Beckner is not just a run-stopper at defensive end. He shows good burst for his size, and with his length and the threat of a bull rush thanks to his strength, he should be able to build off that with more complementary moves at the next level.
Beckner profiles as an instant-impact defensive end who could start for multiple years at the BCS level and end up in the NFL. Every college team in the country could use his skills, regardless of scheme.