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Wednesday, April 24, 2013
ESPN 150 OL Bushell-Beatty has top three

By Jared Shanker

Paramus (N.J.) Catholic lineman Juwann Bushell-Beatty was not guaranteed a starting spot entering his junior season. His football career began only two years prior, and there was only hope from the coaching staff he would lock down the left tackle spot during preseason camp.

A breakout junior campaign followed, and the ESPN 150 lineman now has double-digit offers.

Juwann Bushell-Beatty
Juwann Bushell-Beatty has Boston College, Florida and Michigan in his top three.
“To be honest, no I didn’t,” said Bushell-Beatty when asked if he expected the instant attention. “Coming in, playing three years and having all the success I’ve been blessed to have, you don’t see a lot of people doing that and I’m blessed to be where I’m at.”

The 6-foot-7, 330-pound cornerstone has offers from the likes of Florida, Florida State, Miami (Fla.), Michigan and Tennessee, and his top three schools are Boston College, Florida and Michigan. He took recent trips to Boston College and Michigan.

The Wolverines are in a strong position for the top 10 tackle nationally following the two-day visit earlier this month, which he took with five-star teammate Jabrill Peppers.

“It just felt like a lot of what I was looking for,” the four-star said. “Everything felt like a family. The player felt like real guys; the coaches felt like real guys.”

While Bushell-Beatty appreciated his time with the Michigan players and was glad the team was not feeding him exaggerated truths to recruit him, it was his time with the coaches that has helped Michigan break toward the top of Bushell-Beatty’s list.

“Definitely the aspect of the coach-player relationship,” said Bushell-Beatty on what draws him most to the Wolverines. “Brady Hoke is a great guy, and I got to spend a lot of time with him.”

Georgia, Ohio State, USC and Wisconsin are just a few of the schools yet to offer that already visited Bushell-Beatty’s school since the spring evaluation period began. Paramus Catholic coach Chris Partridge expects his star lineman to land several more offers between now and the end of May.

The interest of the Bulldogs caught Bushell-Beatty’s attention as he would like to hear from some more SEC schools. He is hoping to visit two in the coming months.

“I want to visit Florida because of the great tradition out there,” he said. “Tennessee is also a place I’m looking at because it’s a great fan environment, great people out there at Tennessee.”

Ideally, he would like to make a decision at the Under Armour All-America Game or at a press conference at his school, but he knows he does not have the luxury of waiting until January or signing day to commit. So a decision will come relatively soon.

“Coming into football, when I first started I was watching on TV, I always wanted to do my commitment with the hat thing going on,” he said, “but seeing how things are going I’ll probably have to make a decision earlier with positions [filling up]. I’ll make a commitment probably in the next couple months, the latest just before the season or just as it begins.”

And Bushell-Beatty, No. 120 in the ESPN 150, is not counting out playing with Peppers, No. 2, in college. If that happens, it would likely be at Michigan.

“It all depends on if everything in a school we’re looking for meets our requirements, we might end up at the same place,” he said. “I’m not saying it will, but if it happens it’d be great.”