2023’s Ethan Beasley has plenty of Paul Gruber in his menacing style of play | Youth1

2023’s Ethan Beasley has plenty of Paul Gruber in his menacing style of play

Ethan Beasley is one of the best players from the Tampa, Florida area in the Class of 2023.


The 6-foot, 260-pound Beasley, who attends Mann Middle School, is an imposing player that works as a guard, tackle, defensive tackle and nose tackle.


Beasley has played for the Brandon Colts and Plant City Dolphins during his outstanding youth career.


Beasley has earned plenty of accolades from his time as an athlete so far, such as being invited to play in the Youth Pro Bowl in Orlando, Florida.


Beasley is humbled by the recognition and to be a part of such successful teams.


“It means that our team worked hard and it paid off in the end,” Beasley said. “It was an amazing experience because we worked hard to get to where we got.”


No matter the opponent, on each snap Beasley is determined to give it his all.


Beasley is going all out.


The motor is always at full throttle whenever Beasley steps between the lines.


“My mindset is to knock the person in front of me down every time and to always be physical,” Beasley said. “I want to make my opponent have to grind and work hard for anything they get.”


Beasley has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the gridiron. Beasley tells why he enjoys the game of football so much.


“I love that I get to meet new people and I get to have fun in the practices and games,” Beasley said. “I really enjoy how competitive football is and how I can release energy in a positive way.”


Beasley has learned many valuable lessons from playing football that he applies to his everyday life.


The main one is applying perspective to all situations.


“Football has taught me so much about life,” Beasley said. “That hard work will get you to your final goal. If you never give up, you can make anything happen. Anything is possible if you believe in yourself.”


Beasley recalls his favorite football memory.


“When I made a tackle in the super bowl because it won us the game,” Beasley said. “I remember how excited the fans were and it was something I’ll never forget.”


Shawn Beasley has coached his son for three years with the Plant City Dolphins organization.


Mr. Beasley explains the best parts of his son’s game.


“On defense his strength coupled with his size is hard for almost any opposing lineman in his age group. The varsity team even has trouble trying to keep him from moving forward toward the ball. On the offensive line whether it’s at guard or tackle his fundamentals make it extremely have for defenders to get anywhere much less towards the play,” Mr. Beasley said. “On the O-line his fundamentals and footwork are what makes him as good as he is.”


Beasley takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Beasley makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.


“I try to be a good teammate by helping the new players with their roles and to learn the system,” Beasley said. “I stay positive and tell everyone that no matter what happens, that we can win the game.”


Mr. Beasley adds that his son is one of those consummate teammates that every squad needs to be successful.


“Being a team leader to the offensive line by helping less experienced kids on the team learn their fundamentals to help bring them up to speed with the rest of the team is one of his best leadership skills,” Mr. Beasley said. “He is always looking to help improve his team in anyway he can.”


Beasley is appreciative of having amazing male role models that are supportive.


“My coaches have helped make me a better player and person,” Beasley said. “They taught me that working hard will pay off.”


Mr. Beasley is an advocate of his son’s capabilities.


“He made a huge hit on a quarterback in the midget Super Bowl game game that caused an incomplete pass that changed the momentum of the game. It was the last drive of the game for the opposing team and after that hit on first down, he rattled the QB for the next 3 plays,” Mr. Beasley said. “We ended up winning the Super Bowl in overtime and I truly believe that the hit may have been what helped to change the outcome of the game.”

In addition to making clutch plays, Beasley also has a high level of football IQ as well.


Beasley has excellent football awareness that puts him in position to thrive.


“He uses his experience to pick on details like if a blitz is coming to relay the information to the rest of the line when he’s playing on the offensive line,” Mr. Beasley said.


Beasley is on the grind to perfect and hone his craft in any way possible.


“He works hard during the season to do all he can to the best on the team at his position,” Mr. Beasley said. “In the offseason he attends camps and is starting to weight train.”


Mr. Beasley explains why he compares his son to this player.


“He’s a lot like Paul Gruber from the Bucs,” Mr. Beasley said. “He definitely uses his size and strength to his advantage.” .


Beasley is constantly striving for greatness in everything that he does.


“I want to do the best I can at what I am doing whether it is on the football field or off of it,” Beasley said. “I want to make my dad and my family proud of me in all that I do.”


Before the pros, Beasley dreams of being the next great star at Florida State.  


“I’ve grown up watching and being a fan of the Seminoles,” Beasley said. “So to be able to play for them would be amazing.”


Beasley lists band as his favorite subject in school.


“Its rules are a lot like the rules in football,” Beasley said.


Mr. Beasley outlines the next areas of improvement for his son.  


“His footwork has been what we have been preaching to him,” Mr. Beasley said. “He has made an incredible amount of improvement over the last 3 seasons.”


Mr. Beasley believes the sky is the limit as long as his son continues to stay hungry.  


“If he continues to put in the work I think he could easily be a D1 type player with his size and ability,” Mr. Beasley said.



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