Beal Remains High on Wisconsin

Powder Springs (GA) Hillgrove wide receiver Emanuel Beal has a clear favorite, but the three-star prospect is high on a lot of other schools, including the University of Wisconsin.

With the amount of time and effort they have put into his recruitment, Wisconsin has made Virginia Beach four-star wide receiver Jamil Kamara one of its top targets in the 2014 recruiting class. But if Kamara chooses Pittsburgh or Virginia when he announces his decision on Jan.4, UW might rekindle its relationship with Powder Springs (GA) Hillgrove wide receiver Emanuel Beal.

While Wisconsin has not kept up steady contact with the 6-1, 200-pound receiver since the staff offered in April, Beal still lists the Badgers as one of his top schools.

"Even though they run a pro-style offense and feature the runs, whenever a receiver touches a ball it's a big play," Beal told BadgerNation. "It's usually a touchdown. I like playing in an offense that gives receivers a chance."

Rated a three-star recruit and the No.113 receiver in the country by, Beal is aware that the Badgers are waiting on Kamara after getting verbal commitments from Hyattsville (MD) DeMatha Catholic's Chris Jones, Jesup (GA) Wayne County's Krenwick Sanders and Ocala (FL) Vanguard's Natrell Jamerson.

"They tell me that I have to wait unless an opening comes, but they told me that one is possible," said Beal. "I have a 3.4 GPA, so I know I am a good fit there."

Although he missed the first five games of the season while dealing with a legal issue, Beal added another dimension to his team over the final eight games, finishing the season with 15 catches for 273 yards and four touchdowns.

"I had to learn the offense over the course of the games, but I brought physicality, soft hands and I run good routes to get open," said Beal, whose team fell by four in the third round of the playoffs after their quarterback went down with an injury. "I am not a selfish player, so I did my best to get open. Whether I got the ball or not, I tried to open the field so a receiver could make a catch underneath me or create room for the running backs.

"I was playing with a lot of other good players that deserve the ball to, so I kind of humbled myself and I was able to play with a whole bunch of other players."

His numbers might not have been eye popping, but those last eight games allowed more college coaches to get their eye on Beal. Transferring from Wheeler in the spring after finishing last season with 855 yards and seven touchdowns, earning all-county honors, Beal claims 13 offers.

He says he is favoring five schools that have offered - Kansas State, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina State, Wisconsin and UCF – and says UCF is the school he is heavily favoring.

"Every player touches the ball," said Beal of UCF. "It's kind of like the offense I am in now. Everyone touches the ball, all the receivers have over 400 yards receiving and the running back has over 200 yards receiving. They have a good quarterback and good coaching. It reminds me a lot of what I am in now."

Beal will take his official visit to UCF with some other players from his area on January 17-18. He doesn't have any of his other four officials planned.

"It'll be the first time I'll have ever visited there and the first time I have ever visited Florida," Beal said. "I'm excited."

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