In Awe of Wisconsin

Making his mark with a stellar junior season after changing schools, Powder Springs (GA.) Hillgrove wide receiver Emanuel Beal has started to spring up on the recruiting scene, and picked up an offer from Wisconsin Thursday.

Having made double-digit scholarship offers in the state of Georgia, Gary Andersen and Wisconsin are committed to making a footprint in the Peach State. Powder Springs (GA.) Hillgrove wide receiver Emanuel Beal received his Wisconsin scholarship Thursday after finishing his junior season with 43 catches for 855 yards and seven touchdowns.

"Last season I played at a different high school in Georgia and made it to the first round of the playoffs," Beal told Badger Nation. "We came up a little short but still a good season. During the season I would say I got more physical, concentrated more and bought in to what the coaches were saying. Once you buy in, a lot of things start happening and (the coaches) start trusting you more, so I got the ball more."

Feeling his game improve last season, the 6-1, 200-pound Beal has seen increased attention from college coaches, especially Wisconsin running backs coach Thomas Hammock. Having been in contact with Hammock for the past month and knowing the Badgers were interested, Beal knew something was up when he opened his Facebook account.

"I had six messages from him saying he wanted to talk and for me to call him," Beal said. "He was really trying to get in contact with me, but I have been busy. When I did contact him, they told me they were ready to offer me and I kind of froze up in awe.

"I know Wisconsin usually runs a pro-style offense and they got some good wide receivers, but to me they are known for its running backs. I could see myself there as long as they can work me."

With seven offers from the likes of Georgia Tech, North Carolina State, UCF, Vanderbilt and Yale, Beal would like to visit the schools that have offered him, including a potential summer visit to Wisconsin.

"Most of my out-of-state offers are kind of far away, so I got to make sure to finance to go out to these schools to see them," Beal said. "That will be a big part of my summer is visiting the colleges that interest me.

"When I go on these visits, I am first looking at academics. I want to major in engineering. I got a pretty good relationship with most of the coaching staffs recruiting me. Most of them are kind of young, so you know you got that coach that can really relate to everything. Hopefully, playing time as a freshman is another thing I hope to hear about as well."

With Beal not holding a lofty recruiting ranking or having much footage, he talks about what his coaches categorize him as.

"I think you would see what my old Coach Payne said, I play like a small version of Terrell Owens," said Beal. "I let my play from the field talk and I don't really into all the things T.O does."

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