What it means: Like many prospects in UGA’s class of 2017, Robert Beal is an exceptional athlete who will now be tested with a major step up in competition. But Beal’s transfer to IMG in 2016 may have gotten him as ready as anyone else in this class to play right away.
With that said, Beal still has some growing to do - developing. But he has friends with him in this class who are in the same boar. Kirby Smart is loading up on jumbo athletes. Beal and a few other prospects who are similar to him in this class are going to give their head coach several options on the defensive side of the ball.
Beal is going to get bigger. Right now he’s 6-4, 234 pounds. If he plays defensive end he’s going to get quite a bit larger soon. Scout considers Beal the No. 167 overall prospect in the country, and the No. 15 overall defensive end.
Dean Legge saw him live: 2016 IMG at Grayson
Chad Simmons says: Will Beal be a rush end or a stand-up linebacker on the next level? He could project as either and he could do either well. He is still a lean end right now with length and athleticism that will continue to fill out. He can run, chase the ball and really close on the ball. He has always been better as an edge rusher, but his game against the run has improved over the past year and a half. He is working his hands better, he is playing with better leverage and he is using his length to create better separation between him and the offensive tackles. He can improve his first step and just his anticipation. When he gets going, he is quick and explosive to the backfield. What will get him on the field early on the next level is his ability to rush the passer. He is a smart player, he plays smart and that is a weapon most do not know. He takes coaching well and he is a very determined student-athlete.