FRISCO, Texas -- The idea of The Opening Finals is not only to compete, but to get coached and also learn what is needed to improve one’s game.

So for Penn State commit Hakeem Beamon, who is the No. 17 strong side defensive end in the industry-generated 247Sports Composite, the event proved valuable on all fronts.

The 6-foot-3 ½, 254-pound Beamon demonstrated his athletic ability with his burst off the edge, and his agility with his acceleration when his changed direction. He is really raw, but coming out of The Opening Finals, he has a clear understanding of where his game needs to develop.

In watching the Chesterfield (Va.) Bird standout during the 1-on-1 portions of the event (video is in the player above) over several days, his length, ability to cover ground quickly and his inside move all stood out. He has strength and body control, but his technique is several areas must continue to develop.

One of the areas he needs to work on the most is going from a one-move pass rush to a two-move pass rush so he can counter the offensive lineman within the play.

Beamon had a lot of success with speed, and it showed when he would feign outside and then cut inside. If the offensive lineman bit on the outside move, Beamon’s speed and flexibility would win out.

He would sometimes incorporate a rip move as he tried to dip his shoulder and get up the field. Sometimes it worked, but there were times Beamon needed to keep his legs under him so he has better leverage and strength to power through the offensive lineman.

Give Beamon credit for working several parts of his game and trying different things. He used a spin move and a rip, but he needs to fine-tune the technique so he can be quicker in executing them. He also needs to be more consistent with keeping a low pad level.

He also needs to develop his hand quickness. There were a number of times the offensive lineman shot his hands into Beamon and controlled the rep because Beamon did not have his hands high enough to deflect or stop the initial punch, so the rep was over before it started.

When there was space between Beamon and the offensive lineman, his athleticism allowed him to control the rep and keep the blocker on his heals because of concern about his speed.

When Penn State defensive line coach Sean Spencer gets to work with Beamon, many of these technique concerns will be remedied, and the development could happen quickly.

Beamon is the lone defensive line commit in Penn State’s 2018 class, which is No. 18 overall (No. 3 in the Big Ten) in the 247Sports Composite team rankings.