TigerRag.com caught up with 5-star 2008 prospect Brendan Beal and Scout.com's No. 2 rated strong side linebacker spoke about his recent trip to Florida and his upcoming visit to Tiger Country.
The Pennsylvania product has
been busy with his travels, but in between trips he manages to maintain a high
level of play on the gridiron.
"My team has been doing good,"
Beal stated. "Last week I barely got to play because we were playing a weaker
opponent and my coaches thought it was best if I was well rested for this week's
upcoming game. In the 11 quarters I've played in this season, I have 45 tackles,
one sack, a blocked punt and about four pass break ups."
The talented backer said his top 4
schools (in no specific order) are LSU, Boston College, Florida and USC and he says he has
made trips to all of his top teams except for LSU.
Beal (6'3, 236, 4.6) was in
Gainesville, Florida with his mom this past weekend for the Gators
first defeat of the season, but prior to that trip he was in Massachusetts for the Boston College vs. N.C. State game.
"My Boston College visit was pretty good," he
informed. "For having 60,000 fans that place was really rocking. Boston College is probably the most well rounded
school of all of my top teams as far as having really good academics to go along
with a solid football program. I have a really good relationship with coach
McGovern. On top of that my dad played at Boston College and my mom and tow aunts attended
school there as well.
"My Florida visit also went
well. Even though Florida lost the game, the atmosphere was
incredible. I couldn't talk to anyone because it was so loud that they could
barely hear me. Florida has had trouble with
Auburn in recent
years, but I expected them to win. The outcome doesn't really change anything
with me though. I do not hold it against them."
Beal is scheduled to make a trip
to Baton Rouge this weekend for the LSU vs.
showdown and he hopes the game lives up to the
"I am excited to get to Baton Rouge this weekend,"
he said. "The Florida game was loud and the fans were crazy
and so I want to see how the LSU atmosphere compares to it. While I am there I
want to see if I could see myself being there for four years. I want to see if I
could mix in well with the team and also with the coaches. I want to really take
in the entire atmosphere and experience all the parts of the
"This will be my first visit to
LSU so I kind of do not know what to expect," Beal added. "I've heard it gets
crazy over there though for game days."
Beal said he's had the chance to
watch a couple of LSU games and he has an idea of what he will see first hand
come Saturday night.
"I've been in contact with coach
Peveto," Beal said. "We have a good relationship. We talk about everything and I
know he's excited I'll be at the game.
"I watched LSU play Virginia Tech
on T.V. and I was impressed with their defense," said Beal. "Virginia Tech
didn't know what to do. LSU used so many schemes and were so well
coached that Virginia Tech didn't really have a chance. LSU has a very dynamic
defense and the players they have on defense are very gifted. I think coach
Miles has the program rolling and they should have a chance at winning the
National Title this year."
The highly touted prospect visited
USC over the summer and said he would like to make another visit to
California. However, Beal does not
currently have anything lined up, so he does not know when or if that trip
Note: As a junior, Beal recorded 152
tackles, 11 sacks, created six fumbles and had two interceptions.