Recruiting: OU making late run at Texas DE

Carrollton, Texas defensive end Jeremy Beal update.

Jeremy Beal, DE, 6'3, 245, 4.8, CARROLTON (CREEKVIEW HS), TEXAS:

Jeremy Beal is no secret to college football recruiters. In fact, it is quite the opposite as he is just now getting to know the Oklahoma Sooners.

A three-year starter, Beal started out at defensive end for half the year his sophomore year before moving to middle linebacker. Last season, he played middle linebacker the whole year. This year, he started out at linebacker, then moved to defensive end for a third of the season before moving back to linebacker.

"I am a little bit of both because I have colleges looking at me at linebacker and some at defensive end," said Beal. "I don't really know what position I'll play, but I know that I just want to get on the field somehow."

Last season, Beal had an incredible year finishing with 143 tackles, four sacks, 22 tackles for loss, one interception for a touchdown return of 35 yards, five forced fumbles and one fumble recovered.

"I feel I played pretty well," said Beal. "I think this was my best year out of the four. We have struggled as a team going 2-8, 2-8 before going 6-5 this year and making the playoffs. We lost in the first round to Dallas Carter 37-7. I finished with 17 tackles in that game at linebacker."

Beal can bench 325 pounds, squat 450 and he has posted a 30-inch vertical jump. He has started off andon in hoops and throws the discus (157) in track. Beal has attended football camp at OU, Texas and Texas A&M. At the moment, he eight scholarship offers that is thinking over.

"I am still considering Oklahoma, TCU, Alabama, Duke and Texas A&M," said Beal. "I was also offered by Arkansas, Baylor, Colorado State, Central Michigan and OSU. There are a lot of places that I like and this is going to be a hard decision for me."

What does Beal think about Oklahoma?

"I think I may like them," said Beal. "I went up there for camp, but I didn't get a chance to talk to the coaches much. That is why I am going back up there for an official visit, so that I can talk to their coaches and get to know them a lot more. I have already visited Alabama, Arkansas and Duke, so the visit to OU will be my fourth. I don't know if I am going to take a fifth visit or not. That will be something that I decide over the break. It will be around mid-January when I make my decision, or at least that is what I am going to try to do."

What is Beal looking for in recruiting?

"I am going to look for quality coaches and how they deal with their players," said Beal. "I want to see if the care about their players, if they put players into the league and just if they are good all-around people. I am also going to look at the players and what kind of guys they are, and the location of the school. Distance isn't a factor for me, but what is important is how I fit into the town. I am a big city guy, but I from a small town and I think I can fit in anywhere."

Beal has qualified academically.

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