4-Star tight end has Rebels in his top five

Glenn Beal out of River Ridge, La,. released his top five. The list included Ole Miss, Alabama, LSU, Miami and UCLA. The 6-foot-5, 255-pound Beal is one of the nation's elite tight ends. What makes him so special?

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Glenn Beal
River Ridge, La.
John Curtis Christian
6-foot-5, 255
Top five consists of LSU, Alabama, Ole Miss, UCLA and Miami
Scout.com Ranking: 4-Star/No. 15 TE

Scout.com evaluation: It's easy to see why Beal is one of the more sought-after tight ends in the high school ranks. When you watch his film the first thing you notice is how physical he blocks at the point of attack. He has very strong hands and will block down the field. He is simply a punishing blocker. When going through John Curtis Christian's stats we also noticed they only threw the ball 100 times in a 13-game season. We can all do the math and see that the ball is not in the air much within its offense. That's evident by watching him with the ball in his hands. What you notice is, again, the speed he possesses for someone at 255 pounds. You also notice that he catches the ball with his hands and not his body. But on the downside you can see how raw he is with the ball in his hands. That will easily be refined when he gets into a system that throws it around.

Beal had LSU and Alabama at the top of his list before his last visit to Ole Miss. He and his family stayed the weekend in Oxford. The Rebels laid out the red carpet and did a great job of selling the program. Ole Miss is now a major factor, along with Alabama and LSU. UCLA and Miami round out his top five. The trend in the Bayou state the past few years has been for top prospects to have LSU and Alabama at the top of their list. Alabama has had some success snagging some of the state's top prospects as of late. Coach Orgeron is going to put a lot of time and effort to turn that around.

It will all come down to LSU's offense, in our opinion. What do they show Beal during the season? Will Orgeron stay with a ground-and-pound offense or open it up and get his receivers and tight ends involved? Only time will tell. If they don't open it up it could crack the door open for the Rebels.

Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for Scout.com and he can be reached at yporter@scout.com


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