Excellent pitcher with as much upside as any of the LSU newcomers with a fastball that sits in the 90 mph range ... chose to play baseball at LSU over continuing his football career at a number of Division 1 football programs as a quarterback.
Prior to LSU
A three-year starter at pitcher, third base and shortstop at Alexandria Senior High School ... collected 225 strikeouts on the mound in 128 innings during his career at Alexandria Senior High ... was ranked as the No. 8 college prospect in the state of Louisiana ... voted the District Pitcher of the Year in 2016 and was a three-time All-State, All-District and All-Central Louisiana selection ... posted a 4-2 record in his senior year with a 2.10 ERA and 87 strikeouts in 56 innings; also batted .427 on the year ... named All-State at quarterback for the Alexandria High football team, throwing for over 3,300 yards and 40 TDs in 2015 ... the All-Central Louisiana MVP in both football and baseball in 2015-16 ... graduated in the National Honor Society with a 4.0 GPA
Full name is Matthew Coates Beck ... parents are Rick and Debbie Beck ... father is in sales; mother, who attended LSU, is a teacher at Alexandria Senior High School ... has one younger brother, Michael ... on attending LSU – “It was the only thing I imagined myself doing growing up, and it’s a great place for my family to be” ... majoring in business administration at LSU ... born February 16, 1998, in Alexandria, La.