Robert Beal is one of Alabama’s top priorities on the defensive line in the Class of 2017, but in order for the Crimson Tide to land his commitment, his sister needs to be admitted into the school.
Beal, a four-star defensive end from Norcross (Ga.) High School, de-committed from Notre Dame back in February after finding out his sister was denied admission into the school.
“If (the schools) can’t take her, then I won’t be there,” Beal told DawgNation’s Jeff Sentell at Nike’s “The Opening” regional camp in Atlanta.
Since he de-committed from Notre Dame, Beal has only visited three schools — Alabama, Florida State and Georgia.
The 6-foot-4, 235-pounder said those three schools are some of the colleges he’s considering the hardest right now. When he visited Alabama, Beal noticed a major difference between it and other colleges he has visited.
“Alabama does everything different there than everyone else,” he said. “From the players to the coaches and the way they feed the players.”
The state of Georgia’s No. 3 prospect visited Georgia this past weekend, and he noticed something eerily similar to Tuscaloosa.
“I think Georgia is becoming more like Alabama now with Kirby Smart there, too,” Beal said.
Beal does not have a set date to announce his next commitment, and he’s in no rush to pick a school.
But when that time comes, his sister’s admittance is going to be arguably the biggest deciding factor for where one of the top high school players calls college football.
He is rated as the nation’s No. 3 weakside defensive end and is the No. 36 overall prospect in the country.
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.
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.