Christian Beal, running back from East Forsyth High School in Kernersville, NC turned the heads of college coaches when he exploded on the scene as a sophomore last season. He finished with 144 carries for 1,269 yards and 19 touchdowns while also racking up 614 yards receiving and three touchdowns.
To put that production in perspective, Beal nearly doubled his all-purpose yards and more than tripled his touchdown numbers from freshman year. As a result, in-state schools, and one out-of-state school, has extended offers to him.
“I've got offers from Wake Forest, Duke, Old Dominion and ECU,” said the 5-foot-10, 170-pound Beal. “I’m not worried about the recruiting process right now I'm just really focused on school.”
With so much time left in his recruitment it makes sense that Beal wouldn’t pay too much attention to the process at this point.
ECU became the most recent school to give an offer to Beal when the Pirates’ did so on Dec. 13, 2014. His knowledge of the football program and the school is still in its early stages, but Beal does know a former player from East Forsyth that plays for the Pirates currently.
“I really don’t know that much about ECU but have heard it’s a great school,” said Beal. “I know one athlete that plays for them and that's ‘big Brandon’ (Smith).”
Smith is a sophomore offensive lineman at ECU that signed with the Pirates in the class of 2013. He gets his nickname ‘big Brandon’ because of his size at 6-foot-8, 335 pounds.
Beal mentioned Smith has told him a little bit about ECU, but not enough for him to paint a mental picture of what the school has to offer. He may be able to do that for himself this spring, summer, or next fall.
“I would love to visit ECU any day” said Beal.
Close to 2,000 all-purpose yards and over 20 touchdowns in his sophomore season didn’t satisfy Beal. He plans to do it bigger and better in his junior campaign.
In order to do so, Beal would like to improve on his speed and vision to help him be a bigger threat on the field. He would also like to build on his versatility playing at the running back position or slot receiver.
If the production continues, Beal should pop up on more college coaches’ radars moving forward.