Armando Becerril is one of the best players from the Tampa, FL area in the Class of 2024.
The 5-foot-6, 124-pound Becerril, who attends Legacy Prep, is a dynamic player that works on both sides of the ball as a quarterback, running back, wide receiver, tight end and linebacker, as well as serving as a kicker and punter.
Becerril, who plays for the Tampa Bay Lions, has earned much recognition during his outstanding career, such as being selected Offensive Player of Year, Most Improved Player, Defensive Player of the Year, and and Running Back of the Year as well as being a two-time all-star.
Becerril is humbled by the accolades.
“It means a lot to me to be recognized especially when there’s so many talented players on the scene, but to be chosen as an all-star means hard work really does play off,” Becerill said. “It’s like an out of body experience competing against the best. You aren’t just playing with normal players. You are playing with players that has been chosen from amongst the best of the best. So you can really show your talent.”
No matter the opponent, on each snap Becerril is determined to give it his all.
Becerril is going all out.
The motor is always at full throttle whenever Becerril steps between the lines.
“My mindset is to focus quick to get the ball out of my hands or to make the decision to run the ball if no one is open,” Becerril said. “I must focus fast looking to see if anyone is open. If not, it’s on me to get the ball down the field to the end zone.”
Becerril has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the gridiron. Becerril tells why he enjoys the game of football so much.
“I love the game in general. I love the challenge,” Becerril said. “I love stepping on that field and being unestimated and everyone being surprised at what I can do with my body and all the positions I’ve mastered.”
Becerril 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 that Ii can do whatever I put my mind to, on and off the field,” Becerril said. “Football is just like living. Every game is different, just like you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. That’s what it is like with every game. Anything can happen so you just try to do your best that day and make the game a success.”
Becerril recalls his favorite football memory.
“My favorite memory was when I played at the mighty mite level and didn’t really understand the game, but I was a fast runner so all I knew to do was run with ball,” Becerril said. “I would score three or four touchdowns each game.”
Derek Miller is in his second season coaching Becerril for the Tampa Bay Lions.
Miller explains the best parts of Becerril’s game.
“He's so versatile and can be placed all over the field,” Miller said. “The fact that he just absorbs information and challenges at the positions he has been at says alot about what he is willing to do.”
Becerril takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Becerril makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.
“My personal football motto in how I demonstrate being a good teammate is ‘Everyone deserves a chance. There is no ‘I’ in team so we have to make it happen together.’ I always do my best but I need my team to make it all gel together,” Becerril said. “I tell my teammates to always try hard and never give up even when things don’t look bright.”
Miller adds that Becerril is one of those consummate teammates that every squad needs to be successful.
“He's one of those silent leaders that don't say much but lead by their style of play,” Miller said. “I believe he is definitely coming into his own now where he will be a lot more vocal.”
Becerril is appreciative of having amazing male role models that are supportive.
“I’ve learned always to think positive and do the right thing even if doing the wrong thing seems right. Righteousness always tops wrongness,” Becerril said. “They say you can do anything that you put your mind to. Believe it and make it happen.”
Miller is an advocate of Becerril’s capabilities.
“He makes big plays very frequently,” Miller said. “I cannot just single out one big play because he has made many big plays that have been needed from tackling the biggest players to creating great runs with his feet. He’s had some shining moments.”
In addition to making clutch plays, Becerril also has a high level of football IQ as well.
Becerril has excellent football awareness that puts him in position to thrive.
“His second year was impressive. He made tremendous strides in my system based on simply his versatility alone,” Miller said. “Next season I definitely look forward to putting more focus on him becoming better at solid position but it's good to know in a sticky situation I can call his number ASAP.”
Becerril is on the grind to perfect and hone his craft in any way possible.
“I encourage all of my players with the challenge of being a two-sport student athlete and Armando has done that and more,” Miller said. “His work ethic lies within his school grades, his play and attentiveness in football as well as soccer.”
Becerril patterns his mentality after this standout.
“O look up to my cousin Anfernee Jennings. He plays for Alabama and has made a big name for himself through putting in hard work,” Becerril said. “I also look up to Dak Prescott. He was an underdog. Now he is doing big and amazing things at quarterback.”
Becerril is constantly striving for greatness in everything that he does.
“My goals are to go to college to make my mom and dad proud of me by getting a college degree and to become a professional football player where everyone knows who I am by my talent,” Becerril said.
Becerril has his sights set on becoming a member of the Alabama Crimson Tide.
“All of my family lives in alabama and my cousin plays for Alabama and they are the best,” Becerril said. “Who doesn’t want to play for the best team?”
Becerril lists math as his favorite subject in school.
“I love numbers and problem solving,” Becerril said. “My mom introduced me to numbers at a young age so I have always loved math.”
Miller outlines the areas of improvement that will take Becerril to the next level.
“Right now I'm working on a plan to input in off season where I can critique my boys on the smalls things such as footwork,focus,drive, hands, etc.,” Miller said. “Those are areas where I'm definitely looking for him to improve at going to the next level.”
Miller believes the sky is the limit as long as Becerril continues to stay hungry.
“He is in a class of his own at the moment because he is so unique and versatile. That's big,” Miller said. “With his height and width I would love to focus more on him at the WR/TE position, so we will see how that goes.”
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