Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops always has a word of warning to any perceived under the radar recruits. Once the Sooners offer, get ready for other schools to come in and make their push.
Sure enough, that’s exactly what has happened with Scranton (Pa.) Lackawanna Community College linebacker Emmanuel Beal.
Beal, ranked a two-star recruit, was offered by OU last week and committed on his official visit. Once that offer happened, other schools got involved.
Beal said TCU, Cal and Penn State were among the schools hoping Beal would perhaps take a visit this weekend and check out. But Beal is done. He doesn’t care about the interest from others. He’s more than happy with being a Sooner.
“It was stressful,” Beal said. “I’m glad it’s over with. The recruiting process for me is completely over with. I don’t care what happens.”
Beal, originally from Reynoldsburg, Ohio, had offers from smaller schools, but it was the one from OU that was eye-popping. And for some, head-scratching.
Beal thought about committing right there on the spot, but he wanted to see if he felt at home in Norman. It didn’t take long for him to find out that was indeed the case, especially with linebackers coach Tim Kish.
“It was Saturday when watched film with Coach Kish,” said Beal about the moment he knew he was going to commit. “I loved it. It’s the right fit for me. It’s somewhere I can be coached up.”
Beal said he was surprised at just how much Norman loves the football players. He said it caught him off guard when people knew who he was when he was on campus.
His host for the weekend was Ahmad Thomas. Although Thomas plays a different position than what Beal will for the Sooners the message was the same.
“He told me how it all goes down,” Beal said. “You’re going to get a chance to play, but you have to earn it. You have to work for the spot. Being with the players was great. They were so welcoming.”
So Beal knew he wanted to commit, it was just a question of actually doing it. He was talking with Kish on Saturday night when Kish said to wait and surprise Stoops with the news Sunday morning.
Beal said he told all of his family and friends back home Saturday and that Stoops was thrilled to hear the news Sunday morning.
He said his first impressions of Stoops are that he’s a real genuine person, and it meant a lot to him to be invited to Stoops’ house.
The hospitality was the great. The environment was top-notch. But Beal wasn’t going to commit just because it’s OU. It had to fit his style of play, too.
"Really it was more of the defense that attracted me,” Beal said. “I’m a defensive player. I visited other schools, but when coach called me, I was thinking about how I'd fit. I don’t really care about the name, I was going to go to New Mexico because their defense fit me well.”
Beal said he knows where he stands with the Sooners, with the hope he will be able to play the WILL linebacker.
He has a redshirt season available, but obviously the hope will be for him to be able to come in and compete right away and play his two seasons.
He said junior college made him a lot more comfortable as a player. And it was a learning process for Beal, who moved from defensive end to linebacker for this season.
Beal won’t be there alone as Ashton Julious has already arrived and fellow linebacker Kapri Doucet has committed to OU as well.
They’re the called the “Looney Tunes,” and they’re bringing their show to Norman.
“If he doesn’t get there, I’ll get there,” Doucet said. “If I don’t get there, he’ll get there. That’s how we work. I have no idea what the name means, but I’m all for it. That’s who we are – the Looney Tunes.”