ROSEVILLE– Finishing with a massive tie at the top of the Metro Rivers Conference was the Concordia Academy Beacons out of Roseville. Finishing at 7-1 and 3-1 in the conference along with St. Agnes (St. Paul) and Breck School (Golden…
ROSEVILLE– Finishing with a massive tie at the top of the Metro Rivers Conference was the Concordia Academy Beacons out of Roseville. Finishing at 7-1 and 3-1 in the conference along with St. Agnes (St. Paul) and Breck School (Golden Valley), the Beacons may be the clear cut favorite to win the conference outright in 2020. One of those reasons is their stellar offensive line, led by Aidan Kingsbury and today’s OL prospect Bemnet Abebayehu. Kingsbury has already picked up one Division I offer from Columbia (NY) and Division II offer this week from Wayne State (NE) of the NSIC. Kingsbury and Abebayehu have a strong connection, being on the offensive line and the defensive line and are lifting partners in the weight room. We chatted with Abebayehu about his recent seasons with the Beacons, his recruiting trail, and much more.
Get to Know Bemnet Abebayehu
Abebayehu has been playing varsity football since his sophomore year for Concordia Academy. He plays on both sides of the football, at defensive end and right guard. As for what he brings to the table, he told PRZ Minnesota his “tenacity and aggressiveness allows me to never want to back down from anyone on the field.” His interior strengths are very specific, as his field vision, his engagement at the second level, and lateral and forward quickness allow him to be a mobile threat on both lines of the ball.
Abebayehu’s favorite parts about his positions offensively are getting pancakes on his defenders and defensively, getting huge tackles and big fumble recoveries that can change the atmosphere of the game.
Bemnet Abebayehu plans to play college football, but at this time hasn’t gotten any interest. He does have an elevator pitch he gave Prep Redzone Minnesota on what he could bring to a college program:
My pitch to college coaches about what I could bring to their program would be a versatile lineman, who is a beast in the weight room, with quickness from his basketball background, and who also gets it done in the classroom.
Offseason Work Ons
Bemnet said the Beacons coaching staff said his big offseason work on should be his endurance to help him be more effective for the long term on the football field. He has put in work every day of the week fellow lineman, Aidan Kingsbury getting in runs and football drills so both of them can outlast their opponents even more in the 2020 season.
Two people come to mind as mentors for Bemnet, and that is Beacons coaches, Chad Michaels and Nathaniel Schmidtke. Abebayehu has known Coach Schmidtke since 7th grade from playing basketball. Schmidtke’s motivation on the basketball court had Abebayehu transitioned well into a strong football player. Michaels, the strength and conditioning coach for the program, has given Abebayehu the props in the weight and taught him how important the weight room is to your football career as he has been working with him since his freshman year on JV for the Beacons.
Learning from 2019/2020 Season Goals
As I’ve done now a few recruiting reports on prospects from the Concordia Academy, I’ve learned something that they coach well over there is the brotherhood these players have. Bemnet Abebayehu realized in their 2019 season, that his teammates can depend on his leadership no matter what the scoreboard says. Bemnet told us for goals in 2020, the Beacons are shooting for winning sections and getting the program to their first-ever state tournament in football
That versatility Abebayehu brings as al lineman shows off very quickly within the first minute of his junior year Hudl tape. Abebayehu is also an excellent student that carries a 4.05 GPA. Click here for his tape.