Noah Beh becomes PSU's 10th commit

June, 1, 2013
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Noah Beh (Scranton, Pa./Scranton Prep) said late Thursday night that he was leaning heavily toward PSU but hadn't yet made a decision. At one point in the conversation, though, he slipped and talked about what an "easy decision" this was.

Beh acknowledged Saturday, soon after becoming PSU's 10th commit, that he's actually known for a few days now that he would become a Nittany Lion. He just wanted Bill O'Brien and Co. to be the first to know. He wanted to tell the staff in-person at Saturday's advanced skills camp.

"I think I had it in my mind," the offensive tackle said shortly after committing Saturday. "I just wanted to get up here and be around everything to make sure."

Beh narrowed his list to Boston College and Penn State. He told NittanyNation a little more than two weeks ago that the Lions were the favorite. But he just needed a little reassurance PSU was the right fit.

Offensive line coach Mac McWhorter advised Beh to think about what's most important to him -- -- relationships, proximity, academics, etc. -- and Beh's mind kept coming back to the Nittany Lions. McWhorter suggested a visit might help speed along his decision, and Beh agreed to attend the first summer camp.

PSU wasn't always the favorite for the 250-pound prospect, but it gradually become his top destination. Looking back on how everything slowly evolved, Beh struggled coming up with the deciding factor.

"I don't think I could just pick one thing," he said. "I've been thinking about it a lot, the whole picture, and I just think that it's right for me."

The staff beckoned Beh inside the Lasch Football Building shortly after the end of the morning's first camp session. Beh's father hinted an announcement was coming, and the OT/DE didn't disappoint. He spoke with tight end-turned-offensive tackle Garry Gilliam, who put on about 30 pounds this offseason, and his father texted a few reporters afterward to let everyone know it was official. Noah Beh was finally a Nittany Lion.

Beh's cellphone buzzed with dozens of texts and phone calls wishing him congratulations. The 2014 recruit smiled and said he felt good where he stood, especially because -- after chatting with Gilliam -- he was even more convinced his weight of about 250 pounds wouldn't be an issue.

"I felt good about that. So, I mean, they said it'll take care of itself," he said. "They know what they're doing here."

Beh, whom other teams recruited for defensive end, chose Penn State over offers from Boston College, Colgate, UConn, Maryland, UMass, Pitt, Syracuse and Temple.

He finished his junior season with 70 tackles and 10 sacks. On offense, he started on a balanced attack that scored at least five touchdowns in seven games. He's the first offensive lineman of this class.

Josh Moyer | email

Penn State/Big Ten reporter

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