Editorial Update: Beal remove his name from the transfer portal on Jan. 9 2019.
In the past two signing classes, Georgia has brought in a number of talented outside linebackers prospects, such as Azeez Ojulari, Adam Anderson and Nolan Smith. Because of that, Robert Beal saw his playing time dwindle.
Beal made the decision on Thursday to reportedly enter the transfer portal, according to AL.com’s Matt Zenitz. That means that he can be contacted by other schools, as well as take visits. Beal does have the ability to take his name out of the transfer portal.
The outside linebacker signed as a member of Georgia’s 2017 class. He played for IMG Academy before graduating from Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee, Ga.
Beal played in five games this past season. The redshirt sophomore’s most productive year came in 2018, when he appeared in 11 games and registered 15 tackles and 1.0 sack.
Georgia is set to bring in 5-star outside linebacker Mekhail Sherman, who is Georgia’s highest-rated commitment at the moment. Ojulari, Anderson, Smith, Jermaine Johnson and Walter Grant are all set to return to the team as well for the 2020 season.
This is the second outside linebacker that entered the transfer portal in 2019 for Georgia, as Brenton Cox did so back in August. Cox ended up at Florida, but he sat out the season. Beal and Cox were both arrested last spring on misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana.
The Beal news comes a day after walk-on running back Prather Hudson entered the transfer portal, according to a report from 247Sports’ Jake Rowe. Hudson is not a scholarship player but was a key member on Georgia’s special teams units.