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Welcome to ... The RockMeet the newest Mountaineer – Bobo Beathard.

The 5-foot-10, 175-pound receiver committed to App State Sunday.

He’s bringing some legacy with him.

Particularly when the grandfather in question is Bobby Beathard, the former Redskins general manager who has deep fingerprints on six Super Bowl teams, from Miami to Washington to San Diego, and is considered one of the best talent evaluators in football history.

“After scouting football players all my life, [Bobo] is a big-time player,” Beathard, 73, said by phone this week from Nashville, noting that he was wearing a Battlefield sweatshirt at the time. “He’s fast and quick and so football-smart. He’s got great hands and he’s a breakaway runner and he works hard. He’s a team guy. It’s pretty neat.”

Beathard’s football roots run deep. His father, Jeff, is the Southeast scout for the Carolina Panthers, his latest NFL stop. His uncle, Kurt, is running backs coach under Jay Gruden with the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League.

During his family’s NFL stints, Bobo has talked with players such as Junior Seau in San Diego and Michael Vick in Atlanta and has observed Carolina Panthers games from the sideline, soaking it all in just as his father did as a boy in the 1970s when Bobby Beathard was in the Dolphins’ front office.

Beathard is coming to Boone for one big reason – the spread.

Appalachian State started following Beathard during the postseason, which gave Beathard an opportunity to showcase his receiving abilities. Beathard put together a highlight film, 75 percent of which he said featured plays from the playoffs.

In five postseason games, Beathard caught 18 passes, including three for touchdowns. He only caught 27 total passes for the Bobcats’ entire 15-game season.

Here’s your highlights. Go Go BoBo!

* pic stolen from Washington Post

58 Comments

  1. mikem

    January 31, 2011 at 6:05 am

    Think we can teach him to dunk it over the crossbar?

  2. DRM

    January 31, 2011 at 6:15 am

    Hope his grandfather is speaking as an objective scout and not as a grandfather, when he says "great" hands. We'll see, maybe. But here is yet another sub-six foot, sub-190-to-200 pound receiver. Maybe he'll be a replacement for Cline as a possession guy.

  3. nomadb

    January 31, 2011 at 6:20 am

    he looks good on the youtube, but what you can never tell on these HS highlight videos is how good the competition is.

    god, i'm ready for football season…….soooooooooo long to wait

  4. Dan

    January 31, 2011 at 6:27 am

    How many stars does he have???!!!

  5. Big Dave

    January 31, 2011 at 6:28 am

    Next Matt Cline

  6. nomadb

    January 31, 2011 at 6:30 am

    agree dan… we need to see this guy's stars before we can really evaluate him

  7. Keith

    January 31, 2011 at 7:05 am

    I'm worried about this one. ASU didn't start tracking him until the postseason? We are always in need of receivers running the spread and if they can't catch we need DBs. I worry this may be a scholarship that sees little PT. I hope I am wrong. He is just so small. I like the positive thoughts even though I don't have them….let's hope he is the next Cline.

  8. jland

    January 31, 2011 at 7:25 am

    His return skills are pretty good. He catches the ball and moves to run faster than any of our guys have before… Even if he doesn't become a great receiver, he may have potential on special teams…

  9. tim

    January 31, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Not sure why some are hung up on his size. Some of the best/most effective WR's at App (Cline, Little, Turner, Johnson, and DJ) and in football (Welker, Smitty, Desean Jackson, Hester, Santana Moss, Randle El) have been under 6 feet.

    If he has "great" hands, speed, a good football IQ and wants to be here, bring him up the mountain. The coaches need some good slot guys, especially since they recruited Price who has size and will most likely line up outside like BQ.

    I'd like to see a LB, a true RB and a true DT. According to rivals, so far ASU has verbals from:

    1-QB
    2-WR
    2-DB
    3-OL
    4-DE

  10. Waco Kid

    January 31, 2011 at 7:43 am

    Atlanta paper reporting 2 LB's have committed to ASU. The first is 6'1 205 who had 130 tackles (93 Solo) last season which was his first at LB. The second is 6'3" 220 rated 3 Stars and had offers from Air Force, Memphis, and South Alabama. Was also getting looks from several ACC and SEC schools.

  11. hapapp

    January 31, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Beathard played at Battlefield HS. They are the Division 6 (highest in VA) champions. Beathard was named first team all state as a DB. I think he is seen as someone who can help us in the return game as well.

  12. crzyfrnk

    January 31, 2011 at 8:32 am

    looked good on the returns but then again he appeared to have pretty good blocking…on defense he kind of reminded me of Corey Lynch

  13. Mikeyosef

    January 31, 2011 at 8:34 am

    This kid looks good to me. Fast and smart, size? Some of that will be taken care of in the weight room. I did notice there was a LOT of space between the kid and any defenders when he caught all the punts and kicks in the video. As AE can probably tell you, catching a punt or kick without anyone in your face is not that hard…won't be the case too often in college. Still, like i said I like the kid. We need an agressive, playmaker to replace Cline and he looks to fit that mold. Can't wait for FALL and FOOTBALL!

  14. football101

    January 31, 2011 at 8:57 am

    One of App state offensive lineman commit Shaquille Counts 6'2 275 senior highlights link
    check it out!!!!!!!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWZaarC1AmY

  15. MIDWEST

    January 31, 2011 at 10:21 am

    I like this guy already. Any guy who can have success with the name Bobo is ok in my book.

  16. asu7

    January 31, 2011 at 10:24 am

    He only caught 27 passes for the entire season? 18 of which came in 5 games?

    What did he do the other 10 games? Are we recruiting a guy that only performs when he wants too?

    Hope he proves me wrong but it sounds like he got hot and caught some passes over 5 games. Sounds like he was not even part of the team for the other 10 games.

  17. Coldl Beer

    January 31, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Is Aoao or Dodo next??

    Hope it's Aoao. Sounds like a cool name.
    Maybe some big Samoan DE type kid that really doesnt like the tropics and wants a climate change.

  18. StorminASU

    January 31, 2011 at 11:01 am

    I don't know his stats not relating to WR, but he did also play DB, RB and Special Teams (Returner). He could just be ready to focus on one or two positions. He looks like he has promise to me

  19. T-Dog

    January 31, 2011 at 11:01 am

    ATM says the 2011 schedule will be announced later today.

  20. hapapp

    January 31, 2011 at 11:14 am

    He made first team all-state at the highest division in VA as a DB.

  21. clayton

    January 31, 2011 at 11:18 am

    In addition to Matt Cline and Corey Lynch, he reminds me of Zach Johnson, Blake Elder, and Matt Stevens.

  22. R0ck0

    January 31, 2011 at 11:19 am

    T-Dog, your ATM told you that? Mine just gives me money.

  23. parking lot

    January 31, 2011 at 11:22 am

    lets not forget that some one that everyone on here loves, blake elder came out of high school only having 13 receptions his senior year of HS

  24. clayton

    January 31, 2011 at 11:30 am

    You can't really choose your system/scheme in high school. So, if your team throws the ball 10 times a game, you're not going to put up big numbers as a receiver. No idea if this applies to this kid. But, if my high school team threw the ball 10 times in a game, they were airing it out.

  25. ASUMtneers

    January 31, 2011 at 11:36 am

  26. ASUMtneers

    January 31, 2011 at 11:38 am

    link didnt work sorry:

    Sandy Creek OLB Jamal Ware committed to Appalachian State.

  27. ASUMtneers

    January 31, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Ware made Georgia's All State Team.

  28. The rock

    January 31, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Look out travaris cadet, here comes another player that can almost play 4 different positions…

  29. T-Dog

    January 31, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    ATM = Around The Mountain

  30. mockenburd

    January 31, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Liked what I saw with the Counts video. I thought Ware looked really aggressive….good nose for the ball…bring 'em on.

  31. asu7

    January 31, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    good points Clayton and others …

    If he can play all those positions he has to be a heck of an athlete. We need more Matt Clines and Zach Johnsons.

    This kid almost reminds me of one of the Patriot's wide outs. Not Welker but the other lil kid that can run circles around everyone.

  32. cbarrier90

    January 31, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Danny Woodhead, who is basically doing what AE would be doing if he was in New England.

  33. Mountlenoir

    January 31, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Superman may have a successor

  34. Bit for Bit

    January 31, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    You know what makes signing 'Bobo' to the team? He played HS out of Haymarket. Which is prime recruiting ground for a few CAA teams: JMU, ODU, UDel, etc.

  35. Bit for Bit

    January 31, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    You know what makes signing 'Bobo" to the team Great*

    got too excited

  36. ukappfan

    January 31, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    he looked pretty fast in the vid. I hope he works out. Like some people have said before, its hard to rate the high school vids because you dont know who they are playing. If you read the article posted on the other thread, he said his coach was killing him about not helping him get his name out. Lets hope he can hold up.

  37. Hickoryapp

    January 31, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    2011 schedule???? NCA@T and Savannah State. WHOPPIE DO!!!!! Their won loss record between the two 2-21. Maybee that's the best we could do. WHO KNOWS

  38. hapapp

    January 31, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Disappointing to say the least.

  39. clayton

    January 31, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    We need 6 home games for the money. The only way to guarantee that is a cream puff OOC schedule.

  40. Rick

    January 31, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Bobo has the same type background as Matt Cline did coming out of HS. He played multiple positions so his stats at any 1 position are not overwhelming. He didn't play as much WR as he did RB during the regular season, which is why his reception numbers don't jump out at you.

    Bobo also comes from a football program, just like Cline. Makes for smart, instinctive players. With a couple notable exceptions, our most productive receivers have been 6' or less and we already have a 6'4" receiver committed this year, so his height is not an issue. Get over the "measurables" guys! PRODUCTION is all that counts!

  41. timclassof77

    January 31, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Hmmmmmm….not too impressed with home OCC schedule……. Ill be humming the Final Jeopardy theme until the FBS decision is reached.

  42. Rick

    January 31, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Henry Barnes DB 6-1/190
    Ronald Blair DE 6-3/260
    Thomas Bronson DE 6-3/235
    Kameron Bryant QB 6-2/195
    Shaquille Counts OL 6-2/275
    Derek Evans OL 6-2/275
    Devante' Harris DE 6-4/245
    Jaron Henderson OL 6-4/265
    Douglas Middleton DB 6-0/180
    Sean Price WR 6-4/191
    James Robinson DE 6-5/235
    Joel Ross WR 5-9/165

    Thats what Rivals has for commitments at this time, and it thats without Bobo being listed. We had a LB on that list earlier but he missing now (?). Must have signed elsewhere. I was told by my friend on the staff that 1 of those DE's will probably be moved to DT. Also, the Middleton kid is a recent addition and I had the chance to see him at a camp I was coaching at. Though I didn't coach the DB's, he really stood out. Same body type as LeGree, plays bigger than 6'0" and can FLY. The 4.5 listed for him does not do him justice. He has great "football" speed and I believe he ran in the 4.4's at our camp.

  43. cbarrier90

    January 31, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    The OOC scheduling process probably went something like:

    "WHAT?! THEY THINK JACKSONVILLE AND NC CENTRAL ARE CUPCAKES?! I'LL SHOW 'EM A COUPLE OF CUPCAKES!"

    Seriously, at least Jacksonville was on the bubble for the playoffs last season. NC A&T and Savannah State are two of the worst teams in FCS.

    At least NC A&T has a cool marching band…that's all I got…

  44. football 101

    January 31, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Any of yall checked out Shaquille Counts on video
    this is his stats
    -Played for Irmo a 4a School in South Carolina
    -4A Div 1 Lineman of the year in South Carolina
    -1st Team All State in SC
    -Shrine Bowl Selection and Started in the game
    -All region, All Area
    -3 year starter at Irmo played didnt miss any games or any practices while there
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWZaarC1AmY

  45. Yogi86

    January 31, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    A&T and SSU? Really? Can we at least play competitive programs? Why not a CAA team like W&M or Richmond? We've become the Clemson of FCS!

  46. Gwaltineer

    January 31, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    I can't think of any other white players he reminds me of.

  47. mockenburd

    January 31, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Now, I DO BELIEVE Shaquille would fight a bear! Looks like he likes to "scrap".Bring 'em up the mountain.

  48. MIDWEST

    January 31, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Shaquille is Counting the days until we play a REAL football schedule. This has to be one of the worst schedules I've ever seen. Insulting, truly insulting.

  49. Rick

    January 31, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    As usual, our athletic department TRIED to get a better schedule. We were turned down by at least 3 CAA teams that had openings that lined up with ours. Once again this year, we approached at least 1 ACC team but were rejected almost immediately.

    A guy that I played with at App works in the department and they are all frustrated by the lack of quality teams being willing to place us at the Rock! You need to quit complaining about our athletic department not getting a good enough schedule and start complaining about all the decent teams "ducking" us.

  50. Gwaltineer

    January 31, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Rick, we will be there pulling for our team, but fans who pay for the ticket can complain about the schedule we are paying for. It is a right actually. What is not a right is the school selling out the stadium.

  51. MIDWEST

    January 31, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    The one thing pro FBS fans and pro FCS fans agree on is that we need a better schedule. Nice job of pissing off both groups! Look for donations to pull back this year and lower attendance. Dumb move.

  52. Rick

    January 31, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Hey I complain about the schedule as well. I dont like it. But what I do realize is that its not ASU WANTING to play this schedule. Its simply the best they can do with the teams that are willing to play us here without a return game at their place. Plus we don't have the $$ to provde any extra enticement. We already have home and homes with McNeese and Montana in future years. But then again, people will still be complaining about that too.

  53. Rick

    January 31, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    LB Brandon McGowan Suwanee, Georgia
    North Gwinnett 6'3" 210
    Just signed with ASU. Beat out two FBS teams that had offered. For you "star whores" he was rated at 3 stars.

    The LB we had an earlier verbal from, Chubb, signed with Wake Forest. He is a 2 star.

  54. South Ga

    February 1, 2011 at 5:32 am

    I don't believe that star ratings are all the business people would like them to be. There are many kids who are not star rated for one reason or another that are excellent players.

    Jamal Ware committed on 01/30/2011 check out the video
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYZwIlPGw2c

  55. David

    February 1, 2011 at 5:56 am

    So this is the answer to getting rocked by Szcur, right? He's a counter composite and I LIKE IT!!

  56. Rick

    February 1, 2011 at 6:55 am

    As a coach, you gotta like what you see in Ware. Head up, sees the field well, keeps his hips low and his shoulders square and he wraps up well. Plays with speed but doesn't rush. He could teach some of our guys about tackling.

  57. ukappfan

    February 1, 2011 at 10:17 am

    I like the way Jamal Ware look. He hits hard and looks like he can read the play and get off blocks.

  58. sideline

    February 1, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Rick
    Most anyone could teach some of our guys about tackling. Some of our guys are into bumping not tackling.

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