Beal talked with KStateFans.com about his growing interest in the Wildcat program thanks to the recruiting efforts of Andre Coleman.
"It's a big time program," Beal said of Kansas State. "They play a high-tempo, spread offense. That's really the kind of offense I want to play in. They began recruiting me in January right after I transferred from Wheeler. Coach Coleman came to watch me practice in the spring and then offered in the next couple of weeks. Coach Coleman played at Kansas State himself and told me his head coach is still there and he's a great football coach.
"The things that impressed [Kansas State] was my straight-line speed, my strength, and that I have good, soft hands. Coach Coleman tells me if I go to Kansas State he'll help mold me into a complete player."
Being going to Hillgrove, Beal starred at Wheeler (in nearby Marietta) making 43 catches for 855 yards and seven touchdowns in 2012. As a junior he was named first team All-Cobb County. Some of his bigger offers include Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Missouri, N.C. State, USF, UCF, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin, and, of course, Kansas State.
"I was recently at Dawg Night at UGA," he shared. "It was okay, but too many people there in my opinion. I went to Mizzou for a 7-on-7 tournament. Our coach's son, Eddie Printz, goes there. I liked it and plan on going back for an official visit. I'm also going to Kansas State and Wisconsin. I haven't made it yet to either one of those schools, but I'll be going there for sure. I'd like to make all five official visits but I'm not sure yet about the last two.
"I really want to play in a spread offense. That's important to me but not the most important thing. I'd like to study engineering, so having a good program in that is a must although I'm not yet sure what type of engineering I want to go into. My goal is to come in and play quickly so location can't be a factor for me. "
Powder Springs is only about 12 miles from Marietta in the Atlanta metro area. Beal says the transition to a new school for his senior season hasn't been a difficult one.
"I've known a lot of the players since middle school," Beal said on his new team, the Hawks. "It's more of an accelerated workout. I feel like I'm doing well fitting in. I had a great spring and improved my route running. My goal is to break the school's receiving record for a season."
N.C. State nabbed Beal's teammate, Bradley Chubb, in June and have increased their efforts in landing Beal as well. Beal said he wanted to make his decision prior to his senior year of high school, but will likely now wait until he has made his official visits. An exceptional student, Beal also holds an offer from Yale.
"I'm not scared of anybody," says the bulky, 200-pound wideout. "I play strong and fast and if it's in the area, I'm going to go up and get it. I'd say I'm pretty sure-handed."
"I want to break the school receiving record this year," proclaims the reigning all-Cobb County offensive selection. "I think I can do it with the extra games in the playoffs."
Before Beal becomes a Hawk record holder though, the future engineer plans to pledge his commitment to a collegiate squad.
"At first I was thinking about choosing on Signing Day in February," admits Beal. "Now, I think I want to get it over with, maybe before, if not during, my season."
"North Carolina State Kentucky, UCF"