Florida offers Beal the Whole Package

The Florida Gators are beginning to put together a tremendous defense for the future. With the addition of linebacker Brandon Beal, the Gators have three five-star commitments already on the defensive side of the ball from the class of 2008. For Beal, The Swamp and the family atmosphere confirmed his decision.

"At other schools, you have the linebackers here and the running backs over there, but at Florida it is a family atmosphere," Brendan Beal said. "You know pretty much everyone. Coach Addazio, Coach Mullen, Coach Heater and Coach Mattison, I had a chance to meet all those guys, not just the position coach."

But it was Beal's relationship with Urban Meyer that may have been the biggest factor, and he hopes to have the same kind of relationship with Meyer that Tim Tebow has with the head coach.

"When you throw in Coach Meyer in there, he's the one I look to as my guide," Beal said. "I kind of hope to have the same relationship with him that he has with Tim Tebow."

Beal first visited Gainesville in the spring, and The Swamp impressed him. He was even more impressed when he came for his official visit last month.

"I went to the spring game and the atmosphere was great," Beal said. "I got a chance to watch a highlight tape at The Swamp and it gave me chills. It's truly a magical place. When I went on my official visit, my mom went with me and it confirmed with her everything that I was feeling. It was a great game and the place was so crazy and the players still wanted more noise from the crowd. It was like an earthquake."

Beal thinks he will have an opportunity to play early at Florida, especially since he plans to be an early enrollee.

"They have a bunch of young guys and the future looks great and I just want to be a part of it," Beal said. "The plan right now is for me to learn from Brandon Spikes. I will definitely come in next year and have an opportunity at the Will, which is something I want to do because I can learn as a freshman and help the team in anyway I can."

Beal loves the way the Florida defensive scheme sets up for linebackers.

"Florida's defense is great," he said. "It's meant for linebackers. When I was meeting with Coach Strong watching film I could tell on every play that there was a gap open and it was the linebackers responsibility to come in and make the play."

The final piece of the puzzle for Beal was the academics at Florida. Someday, he wants to work on Wall Street.

"Trust me it's impossible to get in there," Beal said. "It's a great school from a Wall Street standpoint. So when you take the business school coupled with the athletic department, it's a perfect fit."

Beal is a 6-3, 246-pound linebacker with 4.6 speed. He's the No. 3 ranked linebacker in the nation according to Scout.com and reports a 4.3 GPA.

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