Beal Has Eight Offers

Succasunna, N.J., native Brendan Beal is one of the top linebacker prospects in the Northeast and has currently been offer by over a half a dozen schools from around the country.

Brendan Beal, a 6-foot-3, 240-pound linebacker from Roxbury High brings the size and athleticism necessary to be a versatile player for the college he eventually chooses. At this point he could end up projecting on the inside at or strong side linebacker and brings a physical presence in the pass rush.

"Right now I have scholarship offers from Notre Dame, Ohio State, Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Nebraska, Wake Forest, Virginia and Temple," Beal stated. "Academics are going to play an absolutely HUGE role for me because I must get an Ivy League type of education to pursue my goal of working on Wall Street after football."

With several schools already extending an offer his way and more sure to be on tap, we took a minute to talk about each offer Beal has received and get his take on what he knows about the schools.

Notre Dame - "Notre Dame really has everything I want in a school. Graduating from there I'd have the connections I'd need to end up on Wall Street or to make it to the NFL. I was there for junior day and everything was really unbelievable. It's a small, quiet school and I liked the atmosphere. The coaches hadn't seen my film when I had been up there before, but after seeing it they extended me an offer and said I could fit different roles in their defense."

Ohio State - "I can't wait to get up there and check out the campus. When I got the text from Coach (Darrell) Hazel I was on cloud nine. Ohio State is just so attractive because I see players similar to me like Bobby Carpenter and A.J. Hawk succeeding there and then going to the NFL. I'll be making the trip to Columbus in a few weeks to take everything in."

Virginia - "Al Groh is really the grandfather of the 3-4 defense and he told me I'd fit in as both a run-stuffer on the inside or could play with my hand down on the strong side, similar to hybrids like a Mike Vrabel. I had heard people talk about how beautiful it was down there and when I visited this weekend I was very impressed with the layout of the campus."

Pittsburgh - "I attended their junior day last weekend and frankly, it wasn't what I expected in terms of facilities. That's not meant in any negative manner, but when I found out they shared their facilities with the Steelers and saw them I was really in awe. The coaching staff was very cool with me and we got to take in a basketball game which went down to the wire. It was a cool experience."

Rutgers - "Rutgers is the home-state team and I was really glad they finally are nationally ranked. Coach Greg Schiano is just going to keep that thing going in my opinion and make Rutgers into an annual contender down the line. They had a phenomenal recruiting class this year. When I was at the Louisville game it showed me what a big-time college atmosphere could be like and I'm very excited to get up on campus and check them out."

Nebraska - "When I spoke to the linebackers coach there I was really impressed with what he had to say. He told me they had lost some good linebackers this year like Stewart Bradley and that I would have a chance to come in and immediately challenge for a starting spot which is enticing. I'm going to head out there for spring practices and watch the game."

Wake Forest - "Wake Forest is a great program. They were in a BCS bowl and won the ACC championship this season. As I said, academics will play a HUGE role in my decision and I know Wake is really good in that area. I already have my flights booked to fly down there and check out the campus."

As a junior for Roxbury, Beal registered over 150 tackles, sacked the quarterback 11 times and intercepted two passes. Beal also carries a 4.3 GPA in the classroom.

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