Nick Saban Impressed By German Rising Junior Defensive Lineman
There are 73 days until the Alabama Crimson Tide kicks off its season against the Utah State Aggies. It may be the dog days of summer but the Crimson Tide coaching staff is still hard at work hosting camps and evaluating potential prospects to continue college football's greatest dynasty.
One of the standout prospects who went camping at The Capstone this week is German lineman Manuel Beigel.
Beigel, a native of Frankfurt, Germany, is a rising junior in high school. He's moving to Wallingford, CT., for his final two years of high school to attend Choate Rosemary Hall to prepare for college and continue to make waves on the recruiting front.
He stands 6-foot-5 and is listed at 282 pounds and plays both offensive and defensive line as he continues to familiarize himself with American football.
Beigel came to Tuscaloosa as a part of the PPI Recruits Dreamchasers College Tour. Founded by Brandon Collier in 2017, PPI Recruits specializes in helping European high schoolers trying to earn college football scholarships.
“He’s a former soccer player, very light on his feet,” PPI founder Brandon Collier told Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports. “He’s running in the low 4.9s in his 40. A big, broad athletic kid, with a lot of room to grow. I think over the next two years, I wouldn’t be surprised if his body takes him to offensive tackle or d-tackle. He’s being recruited by both positions. His feet, he has great feet and his athletic ability for his size is hard to find at the high school level."
The German-native has already earned scholarship offers from Michigan and Central Michigan while on the Dreamchasers Tour. Beigel and his tour mates also went to camps at Ohio State, Michigan State, Kent State and Florida.
Tuscaloosa is not only home to the top college football program in the nation, but it also has a strong German community thanks to the Mercedes-Benz U.S. International manufacturing plant located just outside Title Town in Vance, Al. The plant opened in 1997 and currently employs roughly 6,000 workers.