In a somewhat weak year for defensive lineman in the South, The Georgia Bulldogs just landed one of the best. The 6-foot-4 234-pound pass rusher looks the part physically, and will be a force off the edge in Athens when that time comes. Beal is a very important piece to this 2017 class as the Bulldogs are in serious need of pass rushers.
So what’s next for the Bulldogs?
Malik Herring has been a strong Bulldog lean for a while now, and he is another big target at defensive end. He’s thicker than Beal at 6-foot-3 253-pounds, and more of a true defensive end prospect. Herring loves to compete and enjoys going up against the best he can. The Mary Persons (GA) star has also become close with many other Georgia targets and commits. The hire of Kirby Smart was huge for Georgia in Herring’s recruitment, and the Bulldogs are in good shape to land another elite pass rusher is this class.
Markaviest Bryant is another prospect who is high on the Bulldogs board at defensive end. The Crisp County (GA) lineman has the body type of an outside linebacker at 6-foot-4 226-pounds, and has long arms that help him swim by offensive lineman. He needs to add more muscle quickly, but it’s clear he is a major target going forward. He did not look overly impressive during the 7 on 7 tournaments in Athens last weekend, but those camps are tough for big guys like Bryant. Bryant has recently admitted that Georgia is the team recruiting him the hardest and they are going to be tough to beat in the end for Bryant’s signature.
Aaron Sterling out of Stephenson (GA) is another name to keep an eye on. The current Alabama commitment had a monster junior season last fall, and dominated the regional championship game against a good Mays team. Sterling is slightly undersized at 6-foot-2 260-pounds, but hes got great burst off the line, good strength, and always seems to make a play in the backfield. If he were taller and weighed a little more he would be one of the top players in Georgia for 2017. Keep a close eye on his recruitment moving forward.