Norcross (GA) Defensive End Robert Beal Commits To Notre Dame


The Irish added a major commitment to the 2017 class on Sunday evening

Recruiting is the life blood of a college football team’s roster. Last night, Notre Dame’s defensive line dominated the Temple offensive line. Major recruits, Sheldon Day, Issac Rochell and Jerry Tillery, made significant contributions to the Irish effort. Notre Dame needs to continue to add talented players along the defensive line to repeat this type of performance.

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On Sunday, Notre Dame added a commitment from Norcoss (GA) Defensive End Robert Beal. Beal, a major 2017 recruit, selected Notre Dame over Georgia.

Beal measures 6’4″ and weighs in at 210 lbs. The 247Sports Composite ranks him as the 73rd player in the 2017 class. They also list him as the 3rd Weakside Defensive End.

Beal received offers from 23 offers including Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami (FL), Michigan, N.C. State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Toledo, UCLA and Virginia Tech.

The recent commitments of Beal and 2016 Defensive End Khalid Kareem add to a promising future for the Notre Dame defense. In 2018, the Irish could potentially start the following lineup:

  • WDE Robert Beal (So.)
  • DT Micah Dew-Treadway (RS Jr.)
  • NG Jerry Tillery (Sr.)
  • SDE Khalid Kareem (Jr.)
  • WLB Asmar Bilal (RS Jr.)
  • MLB Tevon Coney (Sr.)
  • SLB Josh Barajas (RS Jr.)
  • CB Nick Coleman (Sr.)
  • CB Shaun Crawford (RS Jr.)
  • FS Jalen Elliot (Jr.)
  • SS Mykelti Williams (RS Jr.)

The positive news for Irish fans is that a tremendous recruit like Robert Beal may not even be starting for Notre Dame by his Sophomore year. Julian Okwara and other Defensive Ends may lock down the position before Beal even steps on campus.

Speaking of stepping on campus, Beal would not officially enroll at the University of Notre Dame until June 2017 (or January if he enrolls early). Despite his commitment, Beal has a long way to go until he dons the blue and goal. The Irish coaching staff will have to fend off pushes from other schools to ink the recruit from SEC country.