Robert Beal, one of the nation's top defensive ends, commits to Georgia

Robert Beal, one of the nation's top defensive ends, commits to Georgia

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Robert Beal, one of the nation's top defensive ends, commits to Georgia

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(Photo: Tom Loy, 247Sports)

(Photo: Tom Loy, 247Sports)

Kirby Smart has only been at Georgia a matter of months, but he has successfully thrown together an elite recruiting class for 2017. And that class just got even better Tuesday with the commitment of IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) defensive end Robert Beal.

Beal, a five-star recruit and arguably the top DE in the country, announced his decision as part of Bleacher Report’s Commitment Week.

“I’m just a homegrown guy,” Beal told ESPN.com. “I love my home, I love my state and I want to help bring a national championship back to Georgia.”

Beal hasn’t played a down at IMG Academy, having transferred from Norcross (Ga.) High in May. Originally a Notre Dame commit, Beal held offers from Florida State, Tennessee, Alabama, LSU and others.

For his part, Smart seems pretty pleased with the recent chain of events in Athens.

Check out Beal’s junior year highlights below.

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