IOWA CITY, Iowa — The pass was a little overthrown. It wasn’t going to be a problem for Beau Corrales.
He threw his right hand up like a glove. The football stuck in it, and Corrales never broke stride on his one-handed catch against Elgin High School in September.
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In a year where Iowa is looking for more big plays from its wide receivers, one of its 2017 commits is having no such problem. In fact, he’s developing a reputation for making crazy catches look routine.
“I can’t coach that,” Georgetown High School (Texas) football coach Jason Dean said. “I’m glad that kid is on our team.”
Corrales has 69 receptions in seven games, and it only seems to Dean that each required some form of acrobatic move because there were so many. Every game, Corrales does seem to come up with at least one. Some receptions, like the one against Elgin, make the rounds on the social media. It seems to be impressing everyone — except the player who views it as part of his job.
“In the end, it’s just trying to be a playmaker and make a play on the ball,” Corrales said.
The way Corrales describes it, the catches just happen. He sees the ball heading in his direction and reacts. He goes with his best option for securing the football.
“Honestly, I don’t know,” Corrales said. “It just kind of happens in the moment.”
It’s spontaneous, but not accidental. Corrales works on making difficult catches during a four-ball drill Georgetown puts its wide receivers through: The first is a perfect pass, the second is high, the third is low and the last is behind the player.
“Those catches aren’t just not going to happen if you don’t work on it,” Dean said.
It’s why Corrales appears as comfortable with the highlight-reel grab as he is when a pass comes to his chest.
“The drill gets you ready for everything that’s unexpected,” Corrales said. “It’s having your mind ready to know that not every ball headed your way is going to be a perfect ball. You just always need to be prepared to make a playmaking catch.”
He’s getting plenty of chances to do so this fall. He has 890 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. The 6-foot-4 receiver is a big target, one proving adept at getting around defenders. Dean believes that is Corrales’ best trait.
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Corrales wants to work his way into the Iowa lineup as a true freshman. The two-star 247sports composite prospect is 205 pounds and would like to arrive on campus at 215. He runs a 4.5 40-yard dash.
Dean believes there is plenty of room for Corrales to grow and in time could develop into a receiver with the physical attributes every college craves.
“If he can be 6-4, weigh 220 and run a 4.4, that’s pretty dang good on any level,” Dean said.
Dean and Corrales are certain it’s doable. Corrales plans to work more with a speed coach after his football and basketball seasons end. He wants to become better at breaking out of cuts. He’s a crazy catch machine now; he wants to be more than that when he puts on the black and gold.
“I know they are kind of short right now as far as their depth goes for a receiving corps,” Corrales said. “So I want to be able to be a playmaker and game changer as soon as I can. That is my number one goal coming in. To be a playmaker and someone the team can rely on early on.”
But there are still high school games to be played. So he must settle for making a few more receptions in Texas, and strangers approaching him about the one-handed ones when out in public.
“It’s humbling to me that people want to come up to me and talk about it,” Corrales said. “It’s something that I find not regular, but I know is within my abilities. It’s cool to know that other people think it’s spectacular.”