When RaeQuan Beal began his football career for the Eastside Raiders as a youngster in Detroit, Michigan, he always knew he wanted to do things his way. The three-star quarterback had a decorated career at Renaissance High School, and he became a hot name on the camp circuit throughout his high school career. Now, Beal is set to start his college football career at Morgan State University in just a few weeks.
Unlike most recruits in Beal's position, he chose a university that was an ideal fit for him as a student-athlete and as a young Black male. Beal fielded offers from nearly every school in the MAC. He also garnered interest from Big Ten schools Michigan, Michigan State, and Purdue. After a strong showing at the Nike Opening and a standout senior season, it was expected that he would sign to play football at one of the bigger schools in the Midwest. Things didn't go as expected, and he's charting his path just as he planned.
"Morgan State was the perfect opportunity I was waiting on, that’s why I didn’t commit early," Beal said. "The campus is full of life and the coaches are there to build us as men. I can see myself living in Baltimore after my college career."
Beal is mature beyond his years and he knows that his choice to attend Morgan State is a 40-year decision rather than a four-year decision. He knows that taking this path took a lot of courage, but he is looking at things from all angles. Before deciding where he wanted to go to school, he knew that it would impact the rest of his life. He understood that what he did was a lot bigger than just throwing a football.
"Morgan has a great Sports Management program, so I decided that's what I want to study. Believe it or not, academics had a lot to do with my decision," he said. "The NFL is not promised to anyone, so I’m in a great position to use my skills on the field to get a free education. My dream is to go to the NFL, but I will be working as hard on both the field and the classroom. It's the best of both worlds, to be honest. I get to do what I love to do in playing football, and I'm also setting myself up to have a bright future with limitless opportunities."
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Like most teenagers in Beal's position, picking a school is a very stressful process. He noted that he was able to lean on his family for guidance throughout the process.
"My family influenced me to go to Morgan State. My Grandad is a huge Michigan fan and he rooted for Tyrone Wheatley (head coach) when he played there, so that was the icing on the cake," Beal said. "When he visited my house, it showed me how much my family liked him as a man and a coach."
Although he leaned on his family for guidance, he knew he wanted to become a trendsetter. Despite standing at a towering 6-foot-5 tall and just south of 230 pounds, he has a quiet confidence about him.
He knew if he decided to go to an HBCU, it could open the eyes of recruits in his hometown of Detroit and surrounding areas. While he's not the first to go to an HBCU from the Detroit area, he's one of the most notable recruits to do so.
"I think with me and fellow Detroit native DeAndre (Bulley) going to Morgan State, and being two of the highest-ranked recruits to go to an HBCU, it's a start to something," he said. "When we have the careers that I know we're going to have, everyone will see why we decided to go this route. Not to be arrogant, but I can sense a takeover coming. I know we’re going to have the whole conference on fire and that will not only be a good look for Morgan State, but the other schools in the conference as well."
As a Morgan graduate ('73) living in Michigan, married to a Detroit woman, I'm not surprised regarding his thoughtfulness. Renaissance High School is a school that attracts high performing students. I also known the fine work coach Wheatley has done over the years. Way to go!!! BTW - During my years at Morgan there was a football player John "Tiny" Andrews from Detroit.
There's more to college athletics than gamedays. As an alumnus, I am happy he chose Morgan State. The campus has added a number of new buildings and programs due to a remarkable capital campaign. President David Wilson, Ph. D is guiding the university and its students in the right direction. My money goes to the school every two weeks. As a sports journalist that has covered HBCU football for the last 20 years, I look forward to catching up with the young fella.
Welcome to the family. You are going to do great things young man you made the right choice.
Just became a Morgan St. fan! I would love to see all of our African American athletes pull out of the D1 universities and attend HBCU's.
Way to go young man. They ‘ll. Find you anywhere. Create a new legacy!
We are looking forward to you leading the Morgan Bear football team. We are praying for your success at Morgan and in Life.
I am from Baltimore and could have gone to any D-1 school in the country. I chose Morgan over them and helped change the mens track program around. I played football at Morgan and signed as a free agent with the. Green Bay Packers. You have made a bold choice but the right choice Good Luck and welcome to Bear country
Congratulations to Coach Wheatley and the Morgan Bears 🐻. As an alum, it great to see Coach Wheatley work his plan at Morgan State University.
What type of season did Renaissance have during his senior year? Did those Big Ten schools want Beal as a QB or did they lose interest in him?
Obviously you know nothing about HBCUs
Continue to strive for excellence! me as a member of the Michigan Army National Guard and a friend of your grandfather i am very proud of you and your accomplishments.
Raequan play on my son played defensive tackle
at Morgan State recently and found the coaches
and support staff to be very helpful in his
continued growth as a young man of good character.
The academics at Morgan State are lead a President in Dr. Wilson who deeply cares about about your
development go and grow son with other men and women seeking a quality education where you are really wanted. Go Bears.
Welcome to the MEAC!!!
A number of the from Pontiac have attended Morgan as well.
I’m glad to see this happen. I’ve been saying it for years, but it’s good to see a young man from my hometown setting the trend.
Yes this great news. I would love to see all off our kids attend HBCU’s. They can be turned into Power 5 schools in no time if all the top black athletes follow in his steps. TV contracts follow talent. And we have the talent.
We as Black Mother’s,Fathers, Grandfathers and Grandmothers are proud of you as well as the younger generation. Yeah! ❤️❤️🙏🏾Congratulations 🎊
Well done Ronnie!
Nice article! Appreciate you!
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