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Monday, April 29, 2013
Another 150 OL prospect picks Michigan

By Chantel Jennings

Brady Hoke loves football in the trenches. It all starts up front, and as long as he’s at the helm Michigan will emphasize recruiting along the lines.

So the fact Ann Arbor seems to have become a destination for the nation’s top offensive line talent is a major feather in his cap.

Offensive tackle Juwann Bushell-Beatty (Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic), ranked No. 120 overall and No. 10 at his position, pledged to Michigan on Monday, his high school coach, Chris Partridge, confirmed to via phone. He is Michigan’s eighth commitment for 2014 and seventh in the ESPN 150.

Bushell Beatty visited in April with ESPN 150 teammate Jabrill Peppers, another big target for the Wolverines. The O-lineman left Ann Arbor feeling very impressed with Hoke and the family atmosphere he has brought to Michigan.

"I know that he really liked [Michigan] after the visit and that he felt really comfortable there," Partridge said. "It's a really good fit."

The 6-foot-7, 330-pound tackle is the Wolverines’ second offensive line commitment for 2014, joining fellow ESPN 150 member Mason Cole (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake). Bushell-Beatty is the sixth 150 OL commit to Michigan in the past two years.

Partridge said the Wolverines are excited about the fierce, big-bodied lineman they're getting with Bushell-Beatty.

"He's humongous, and he plays with a chip on his shoulder," Partridge said. "He has a good work ethic, and he's going to play hard. He's going to play Michigan football."

The big question his commitment leaves is whether Bushell-Beatty's decision will have any kind of effect on his friend Peppers, the nation's top-ranked cornerback and No. 2 overall in the ESPN 150.

"They're very close," Partridge said. "I'm sure Juwann is going to push Jabrill a little bit. I don't know if it'll be the end all be all because Jabrill is his own man and he'll pick a place that he's comfortable with. But it's definitely not going to hurt because I'm sure Juwann is going to be working on him now that he's in."

Bushell-Beatty released his top three last week and then chose the Wolverines over Florida and Boston College.