TWO BITS: Beal to Minnesota, Florida loses Hale

By Adam Silverstein
June 8, 2010

1 » Following up on OGGOA’s exclusive report from May 12 stating that former Florida Gators linebacker Brendan Beal would be transferring to another school, it has now been confirmed the former four-star high school recruit will be playing for the Minnesota Gophers in 2011-12 after sitting out a year due to NCAA transfer regulations. Beal, who received a medical hardship redshirt from the NCAA, will actually have three years of eligibility left when he finally suits up for Minnesota. Asked by to comment on his reason for transferring out of Florida, Beal declined. “Sorry, I would not like to comment on that,” he said.

2 » Though the Gators were only one of his 17 scholarship offers, Florida (along with Penn State) was in the final three for four-star defensive tackle Joel Hale (Greenwood, IN). Unfortunately for head coach Urban Meyer, Hale publicly committed to the Ohio State Buckeyes Monday evening, becoming the school’s second commit in under a week. At 6’4” and 290 lbs., Hale’s commitment is No. 14 for the Buckeyes, one that will help them immediately get more athletic on the front line.


  1. Mr2Bits says:

    Dont’ blame Hale at all. After the haul our defense had last year, most 2011 commits wont see playing time for 3 years.

  2. Perhaps but the Gators are looking to add a lot of DL players in the 2011 class, so that should not be an issue. Competition should never be a concern.

  3. alex says:

    Marsh, Sanders, Trattou, Lemmons and Antwine will be gone after this season. We need to bring in D-Linemen!

  4. Kevo110% says:

    Timmy Jernigan

  5. Mr2Bits says:

    Well like we have seen many times before, things will definitely change before NSD.

  6. ReptilesRule says:

    Sounds a little like Beal may have been bitter at something…like maybe he didin’t feel like ha really got fair consideration for the starters position. Pretty difficult when you have a Jon Bostic and Jelani Jenkins to choose from. But what these guys don’t ever seem to understand is that you’re only one play away from starting and opening the door for yourself. Hope things work out well for him in Minnesota.

  7. From what I understand and have been told, there is a lot to the Beal story.

  8. npgator says:

    We should be fine at DT – just get Jernigan and maybe one more but with Orr, Floyd and Easley coming in with Hunter already in place we are good.

  9. npgator says:

    Adam – do you want to expound on the Beal information?

  10. npgator – I was asked not to…so I won’t. Sorry. Suffice to say it is *believed* to be about more than just playing time.

  11. brlgator says:

    This is probably just a reflection of my immaturity but am I the only one who giggled at the UMinn website’s name gopherhole. hehe (i did it again) and yes i know its not their official site

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