Virginia Football, Nathaniel Beal III A “Natural Fit”

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On the eve of the beginning of Division 1 Football’s Early Signing Period last month, Strake Jesuit (Houston, TX) wide receiver prospect Nathaniel Beal III revealed he would not be signing a letter of intent with Iowa State, the school he verbally committed to last May 25. The afternoon of the first day of the Early Signing Period, the 6’5”, 200-pound senior revealed he had signed with the University of Virginia.

UVA head coach Bronco Mendenhall wanted to add size at the outside receiver position in the class of 2019, and he did just that with Beal, 6’3” Dorien Goddard of Tennessee, and 6’2” Dontayvion Wicks of Louisiana.

“We were looking specifically for long and tall and productive and talented receivers,” Mendenhall said during his press conference on December 19, the first day of the Early Signing Period. “And that doesn’t exclude us from talking or reaching out to others that are committed elsewhere.”

“Nathaniel, in particular, has really nice size,” Mendenhall added. “We call players with that size always open, meaning that most corners that are matched up against him, there aren’t many 6’3″ or 6’4″ or 6’5″ corners. So whether they’re behind him or not, they’re always open. We wanted more size on the outside. We wanted more productivity. And we needed more consistency. And so Nathaniel, that was a really nice addition to this class and we’re really excited about him.”

For Beal, who had taken an official visit to Virginia earlier in December, the decision to decommit from Iowa State was not an easy one. Out of respect, he informed Iowa State coaches of his decision to decommit in person.

“Honestly, it was one of