Defensive end recruiting just took a turn for the better.
After suffering a de-commitment from eighth-ranked defensive end Robert Beal in February, Irish Illustrated has learned Beal is once again considering Notre Dame and will be on campus for Irish Invasion on June 17.
The Norcross (Ga.) native committed to Notre Dame last November. A de-commitment followed in February for reasons related to Beal’s older sister, Skyla Beal, who did not gain admission to the University.
Per sources, Beal’s family has reached the conclusion that Beal attending the same college as his sister is no longer something the family will actively pursue. That puts Notre Dame back in the mix.
Alabama, Georgia, Florida State and Texas comprise Beal’s top group, per a source. North Carolina, Notre Dame and Tennessee make up his second tier of options.
Multiple sources have confirmed to Irish Illustrated that Beal will transfer to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. in June. Notre Dame signed mid-year enrollee Spencer Perry and running back Tony Jones Jr. from IMG in 2016.
Brian VanGorder is the lead recruiter for Notre Dame in Beal’s recruitment. Beal’s grandmother resides in South Bend.