Beckom Jr. Eyes Fortius Project
Most fans know the name Kylin Hill already. Recently he made a statement at a Nike regional camp in Atlanta, skyrocketing his already lofty ranking. The Falcon rushing attack, headed by the talented junior, was a big reason for the Falcons’ success last Fall.
Columbus was the surprise of 6A North as they finished 8-4, finishing runner-up to South Panola in their division. Many young playmakers return in 2016.
One member of that returning list is junior defensive back Derrick Beckom Jr. He was a member of an impressive defense that was often times over-looked because of the success of the other side of the ball.
“I try to model my game after Ed Reed and Vernon Hargreaves,” the savvy safety told SES Mississippi.
Beckom Jr. finished 2015 with 73 tackles, six tackles for loss, eight deflections, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and a sack. On the recommendation of sophomore cornerback Devon King, Beckom Jr. will be attending the Fortius Project stop at ICC on April 30th.
“I’m attracted to the competition that will be there. I’ve been hearing how good of a camp it is,” He said of why he signed up to compete April 30th.
As he will be working almost exclusively at safety next season he is looking to improve his speed. That will certainly be a focus for him when he competes in the camp setting around other speedsters. He plans to impress despite being surrounded by talented peers.
“My ability to cover receivers in 1-on-1 coverage will impress people. Also my ability to break on the ball to keep the receiver from getting it,” Beckom Jr. explained.
Whether it is competing at camps this spring and summer or just putting in hard offseason work, the safety is driven by one thing.
“My desire to be the best I can be in all that I do is what drives me,” He offered.
That mindset reflects into the type of teammate he is, as well. With just one high school campaign left in his career, he is all-in to doing whatever it takes to make sure he leaves with his team on top. He will assume whatever role that requires of him.
“I’m committed to my team. I inspire my teammates to work harder. I keep a positive attitude, even when faced with adversity,” Beckom Jr. said.
“My expectations are for me to be a great leader to my defensive unit and for us to be a solid all-around defense.”
If that comes to pass, the Falcons should be considered serious contenders in 6A as Hill will be joined by returning offensive playmakers CJ Gholar and Kendre Conner.
**Photo by Kentral Evans Jr.