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March 10, 2013There are all sorts of ways schools offer scholarships to a potential recruit. Some come after a long, ongoing recruitment. Others come when they're least expected.
Mark Missouri's offer to Georgia wide receiver Emanuel Beal down as the latter.
"It was a big surprise," Beal told PowerMizzou.com. "I was actually cleaning my room when I found out [Missouri] had offered."
Beal may be a new name to Tiger fans, but he's a familiar name in the state of Georgia. He has a scholarship offer from Georgia Tech and when asked who is recruiting him the most, the 6-foot-1 wide out didn't hold back.
"Well, I'm hearing from Missouri since they offered me, but GT is definitely number one. I hear from them a lot."
Coming from nearby Marietta, Georgia, Beal has visited Georgia Tech several times. With an offer from Mizzou in hand, he's working on setting up a visit to Columbia.
"I'd like to come up in the spring and see the campus and see them practice," Beal said.
Alex Grinch is leading Mizzou's recruitment of Beal. The 2014 prospect said whichever school lands him will be getting a versatile player.
"I've got good straight-line speed," Beal said. "I'd also say I'm a big, physical receiver who can go get the ball."
Beal has no timetable for making a commitment for college. He said he will likely choose close to signing day. While a good football program is important to him, Beal also will be checking out each school's academics. He has his sights set on majoring in mechanical engineering.
PowerMizzou.com will keep you up to date on Missouri's recruitment of Beal.