Beau Brade Details His Top Five

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Beau Brade
Safety, Class of 2020
River Hill High School, Clarksville, MD
6-0, 190

The focus has narrowed for River Hill (Md.) three-star safety Beau Brade. Earlier this week, Brade announced five schools standing apart from the rest of his 13 offers: Virginia Tech, Michigan, North Carolina, Maryland and Wake Forest.

One official visit is currently set, and Brade will likely take at least one unofficial visit. But he’s already eyeing a decision timeframe, that could take place before he’s done with his official visits.

“I’m looking for a coaching staff and players that care about other players, and aren’t just brushing them off,” Brade said. “They get wins, but they care about their future. I want good academics and a good team on the field, too.”

Brade,’s No. 30 player in Maryland for 2020, last visited Virginia Tech three weeks ago unofficially. The trip gave him a chance to see more of the Hokies and talk more with a few of the coaches.

“A lot of people have left, but I’ve heard great things from the players that stayed, about the coaches. The position coaches, I’ve heard great things, and they told me great things about the head coach. When I visited, it seemed like they were big on family, when I went there. It was just good vibes.”

Assistant coaches Justin Hamilton and Jafar Williams have been Brade’s contacts with the Hokies, and he said both coaches have made favorable impressions.

“I’ve talked to Coach Hamilton the most, because before he was promoted, he was the recruiting coach for this area,” Brade said. “Recently, it’s also been talking to Coach Jafar. They’re both great guys and I love to learn from them both.”

Brade’s father, Ron Brade, is a Virginia Tech graduate.

The only member of Brade’s top group that he has yet to see in-person is North Carolina. Still, the Tar Heels have remained a fixture because of assistant coach Dre Bly.

“It’s kind of new to me, because I haven’t been down there yet,” Brade said. “I’m going to go visit and see what I think. Coach Bly came up and I had a great talk with him. I love talking with him because he’s been through the whole process. His experience is crazy. I think it’s just a great program