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January 4, 2013The LSU coaching staff closed the door on the state of Louisiana Friday afternoon as the last remaining uncommitted gem on the Tigers recruiting board, Kendell Beckwith announced LSU is where he will sign.
The Rivals100 linebacker from East Feliciana in Jackson, La. announced his commitment to LSU over Alabama during the Under Armour High School All-American game broadcast on ESPN.
"It's the school where I feel more at home with and more comfortable with throughout the whole process," said Beckwith, after placing a purple LSU baseball cap atop his head.
Beckwith (6-3, 230) is rated at the nation's 84th overall prospect and the fifth best athlete. He projects as a linebacker or defensive end at the next level.
Beckwith increased LSU's commitment total to 25 overall and second this week after the Tigers picked up a pledge from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. defensive lineman Quay Bain on Wednesday.
Beckwith, a three-time All-State selection during his career played both ways for East Feliciana, which reached the Class 3A state semifinals this season.
Offensively, Beckwith passed for 1,126 yards and 14 touchdowns in 10 games. Defensively, he finished his senior season with 79 tackles, 21 stops for loss, 16 sacks, 3 fumble recoveries and 2 forced fumbles - earning Class 3A MVP honors on defense.