March 23, 2013

Beal makes his case

For a wide receiver that holds SEC offers, Hillgrove wide receiver Emanuel Beal's recruitment has been quiet.

The Peach State sleeper transferred from Wheeler High School to HIllgrove High School this winter, and is starting to see more and more schools come after him.

Beal visited one of those schools Saturday, Georgia, but the coaching staff has been in consistent contact with him for a while now.

"I've been talking to Coach (Mike) Bobo and Coach (Scott) Lakatos maybe two to three times a week before this visit," Beal said. "So I've been talking with them a lot."

Saturday's visit to the Classic City was the first time Beal has had a chance to get some face time with the Georgia coaches, and he came away happy with how things went.

"It was a good visit," he said. "I came in with my family and stuff. They were very welcoming to my family and sat us down. We had a meeting with all the other prospects and stuff. We went into position group meetings with Coach (Tony) Ball, the wide receiver's coach. He just talked to us about that stuff and what they do with the wide receivers at Georgia. He talked about what the receivers have to do when you are asked to set up this coverage or that coverage. Then, as I got ready to leave, I got to sit down with Coach (Mark) Richt. He talked to me a lot about how they like me as a wide receiver. An offer should be coming soon, but they want to wait until spring so they can come see me and see me practice on the field."

While the Georgia offer has yet to come, Beal still thinks highly of the Bulldogs.

"They (Georgia) win. They have fun and their team seems like a family," Beal said. "I really like that. So even without them offering, getting a chance to sit down with Coach Richt really put them up there for me."

The Cobb County playmaker has three offers at present, and says that one team is clearly recruiting him harder than the rest.

"I have offers from Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, and Mizzou," he said. "Right now, I would say that Tech is recruiting me the hardest."

It is a near-certainty that more teams will offer in the near future, and in the meantime, Beal knows a few places he plans to visit.

"Hopefully, if I'm able to, I want to go back to UGA on Tuesday for a scrimmage they are having that day," he said. "Then I should be going to Tech on April 19 for their spring game. I don't know other than that."

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