Before any signals are read from those two facts, the 6-3, 236-pound linebacker said his absence had everything to do with complications regarding his recent transfer from Succasunna (N.J.) Roxbury to Bethlehem (Pa.) Liberty and nothing to do with any negative feelings toward Ohio State.
"I had a lot of complications because I just transferred schools," Beal said. "I just thought it was better that I stay with my team.
"Ohio State is in my top five, definitely."
"LSU has kind of made a push to get into the mix," said Beal, the No. 3 overall strongside linebacker in the country. "I talk to (linebackers) coach (Bradley Dale) Peveto a lot. He's kind of made an impression on me. I have a really good relationship with him.
"I've talked to Les Miles and he said that if I go down there, and of course I'm graduating early, I might have a legitimate shot to start early. You can't guarantee anything but the odds look pretty good."
Beal is graduating early after transferring to Liberty for his senior year. He said he could not graduate early at Roxbury, where he made 152 tackles and added 11 sacks, six fumbles and two interceptions as a junior. That and his father's recent move to Pennsylvania prompted a change.
"The whole transfer was academic reasons," Beal said. "Of course I wanted to stay with Roxbury but it couldn't happen. My dad just moved out to Pennsylvania and Liberty is not too far from his house and it has block scheduling, so they could do it with no complications or problems. They've done it before. Plus their football program is up and coming."
The Hurricanes have made the Pennsylvania state finals two years in a row and boast two straight PIAA AAAA East titles.
"I'm pumped," Beal said. "I'm just so thankful to have this opportunity. I definitely think a state championship is looking pretty bright."
Beal previously visited Columbus for the spring game in April and was seen hanging out with players like offensive linemen Mike Adams, Michael Brewster and Josh Jenkins at that time. Because of that, Beal another trip to Columbus might or might not be in the cards before his decision date of Oct. 12.
"You know, I'm going to try to (visit again), but I spent four days there when I was down there for the spring game and what not so I think I got a really good picture of what the guys are all about," Beal said. "I really don't think it's necessary."