Rivals100 linebacker Brendan Beal was one of numerous recruits expected to be in Gainesville this weekend for Florida's big win over Tennessee. The 6-foot-4, 235-pounder however didn't make it. Rivals caught up with the Bethlehem (Pa.) Liberty prospect to see what happened and if he plans to reschedule.
"Actually I didn't make it, they cancelled my flight and I was informed that my connecting flight in Atlanta to Gainesville wouldn't get there until four," he said. "I considered going to Jacksonville, but I wouldn't have gotten there much sooner since I'd have to drive two hours. Instead, I decide I'll just got a lot later this season."
In the meantime, Beal has scheduled two more official visits.
"I'm scheduled to go to LSU on October 6th and Southern Cal on October 13th," he said. "From the beginning I promised to take an official to LSU. They are doing some pretty good things, while Southern Cal is one of my top schools along with Florida and Boston College."
Last week the four-star prospect made a trip to Boston College
"It was awesome," he said. "My host was Brian Toal. I went around everywhere with him, tailgating, met alumni, saw the camaraderie. It was neat since he was from New Jersey and a top recruit in his day. He's the big man on campus and I could see the impact he's made.
"I like the atmosphere at the game too. It was electric especially for a stadium that size. The place was going nuts since it was the return of Tom O'Brien. Overall, I could definitely see myself there and it was a great experience. It certainly established them in the mix for me."
Has Beal begun to consider a decision?
"I was planning on the weekend of my birthday," he said. "With the whole Florida thing and an official to USC, I don't have a clue now. Hopefully I'll be able to do it around Halloween."
On the field, the No. 2 inside linebacker in the country has helped Liberty to a 3-0 season thus far.
"It's going great, we just won last week 49-6," he said. "We just have so much talent, speed and size. We're probably one of the biggest teams in Pennsylvania. With the coaching we have, we're phenomenal, and we should get back to the state finals and win it."