Go Midwest, young man. That is the story of Broadmoor linebacker Sean Beauchamp II, who believed there was a spot a college roster somewhere for him.
The place for Beauchamp is William Penn in Oskaloosa, Iowa. He signed with the NAIA Statesmen on Wednesday, becoming Broadmoor's first football signee in recent years and a third-generation college player in his family.
“I wanted to play college football, so I just started emailing schools all over,” Beauchamp explained. “I emailed another school in Iowa, and when the coaches at William Penn saw I was in contact with them, they contacted me.”
The 5-foot-8, 190-pound Beauchamp remembers being in a fast-food restaurant when he got the scholarship offer from William Penn.
“The coach called and I told him I had some news,” Beauchamp said. “I told him I got picked to play in the (Red Stick Bowl) all-star game. And he said he had news for me: They were offering me a scholarship.”
Signing with William Penn gives Beauchamp the chance to continue a long family tradition. His grandfather, Al Beauchamp, was a Scotlandville standout who went on to become an All-American at Southern University before playing linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals.
Beauchamp's father, Sean Beauchamp Sr., is the Broadmoor defensive coordinator. He was an All-American running back at St. John’s.
Sims New York-bound
LSU signee Kelvin Joseph grabbed much of the attention at Scotlandville High’s signing ceremony. Joseph was one of three defensive backs for the Hornets who signed scholarships.
Torriando Sims decision to sign with New York-based ASA College should sound familiar. Offensive lineman Badara Traore comes to LSU from the same Brooklyn, N.Y., junior college. Dorian Camel, who signed with Tulane, was the other Scotlandville defensive back to sign.
From sub to signee
Northeast High running back Curtis Keaton also signed with a little-known school, Oklahoma Panhandle.
Keaton’s signing completes a unique rise through the ranks on his own team. Once a backup on defense and at tight end, Keaton stepped into the running back role when another player got injured his junior season. He went on to lead the Vikings in rushing for two seasons.
The track guy
West Feliciana had eight players sign football scholarships Wednesday. A ninth football player, two-way lineman Jakob Fudge, will take a different path in college. Fuge, a throws specialist in track, signed a track scholarship with UL-Monroe.
Two football players from Donaldsonville High and two baseball players from Dutchtown also were among the signees Wednesday.
Dutchtown outfielder Cole Morrison signed with Army. Pitcher-third baseman Jake Merrifield signed with LSU-Eunice.
Defensive tackle Kadarrion Jones (Miles College) and quarterback Jaylin Williams (Blinn JC) were Donaldsonville’s football signees.