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The Bequette Family Business
It's tough to leave your friends behind, but new Little Rock Catholic defensive lineman Luc Bequette did so to give himself the best shot to follow in the family business.
Bequette (6-2, 290) made the move at semester from Champaign, Ill., Centennial to Catholic and has put on 30 pounds of muscle since arriving in Arkansas.
"It was tough leaving my friends and I wasn't to sure about it at first, but I trust my dad and I know that this is what's best from a football standpoint," Bequette said. "I will say that I really enjoyed it since I arrived here and going through spring practice at Catholic was great for me because we don't have that in Illinois."
Bequette is the son of former Razorback offensive lineman Chris Bequette and Debbie Thomas, the 1988 Winter Olympic bronze medalist in figure skating.
He is the grandson of former Razorback great George Bequette, the nephew of former Arkansas center Jay Bequette as well as the cousin of former Razorback and current New England Patriots defensive end Jake Bequette.
"We have been a football family to say the least," Luc Bequette said. "I am just trying to follow in their footsteps and make a name for myself just like they all did."
Bequette played offensive line and defensive end at both Centennial and St. Thomas More, the school he attended as a sophomore.
But the Illinois Big 12 first-team all-conference lineman knows that while he will likely play center at Catholic, a position change is likely coming for him on defense as he continues to fill out.
"We really didn't do too much on defense, but I hope to be able to get on the edge and get after some quarterbacks like I have in the past," Bequette said. "But I know that since I have grown, I am headed inside."
Bequette, who had 63 tackles last season, has gotten scholarship offers from Army, Air Force and Louisiana-Monroe.
He's hoping an impressive performance at Arkansas' camp on June 12 will add a Razorback offer to that.
"I've been at three schools now in three years and they have had some coaching changes up there so I know that I need to come to Arkansas' camp and have a great performance," Bequette said. "It is obviously something that I would love to get – an offer from the place my family has all played."
Bequette took in two Arkansas games last fall and was up for the Razorbacks' Red-White game on April 26 as well as making a visit to Auburn this spring.
"Arkansas is special place and I really believe they are going to come back and be very successful soon," Bequette said. "It would be fun to be a part of that."