Skyla Beal, a senior at Norcross High School and member of the Blue Devils’ girls track team, is going to play a major role in the recruitment of the nation’s No. 3 defensive end.
Skyla is Robert Beal’s brother — one of the nation’s best high school football players.
Beal, a four-star prospect from Norcross High School, told SEC Country that his sister’s decision on where she attends college is going to be a major factor for where he’ll end up.
“My sister and I are really tight,” Beal said. “We have been that way since we were little kids. She has my back and I have her back.
“My mom instilled in us having a good relationship with one another from a young age. Whenever my sister and I would argue, our mom would just tell us, ‘Don’t do that,’ and if we continued, she would crack the whip on us.”
Skyla does not know which college she wants to attend just yet, but is hoping to continue throwing the shotput and discus at the next level while majoring in business. She hopes to run her own dance studio one day.
Robert listed his top seven schools in which he was most interested back in March, and that group has changed. He won’t name the new list yet, but did say Alabama, Georgia, Texas, Florida State, North Carolina and Notre Dame were the schools he stays in touch with the most.
The 6-foot-3, 235-pounder did touch on why he’s so high on Alabama, though.
He’s interacted with coach Nick Saban several times before and likes his coaching style. Beal likes a coach who gets straight to business, and that’s what Saban does.
“I talk to Coach Saban every once in awhile. He’s a pretty cool guy,” Beal said. “I don’t talk to him all of the time, but when I do, we always have a great conversation. He’s not one to laugh a lot or joke around, but he hits you with facts and I like that.”
Beal is planning on majoring in broadcasting when he gets to college, something that Alabama has made sure to focus on in his past trips to Tuscaloosa.
He was impressed with the school’s television studios and could envision himself behind the microphone.
If you have never heard Beal’s voice before, think of it as a cross between Darth Vader and the late R&B artist Barry White.
Because of the deep tenor in his voice, his mother, Gwendolyn, recommended he look into being a sportscaster.
“My mom always told me that I have a golden voice and I can’t let it go to waste,” Beal laughed.
He has no set date on when a commitment could come, but you can guarantee that if his sister chooses one of his top schools, there’s a very good chance Beal will suit up for that school come 2017.
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Chris Kirschner covers Alabama football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Bryant-Denny.