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Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Bushell-Beatty, Shanley enjoy PSU visit

By Josh Moyer

Paramus (N.J.) Catholic teammates Juwann Bushell-Beatty and Steve Shanley said their Wednesday trip to see Penn State couldn't have gone much better.

Bushell-Beatty, an offensive tackle, didn't receive a scholarship offer -- but said he wasn't even bothered by it. Shanley, a quarterback, said he rated the visit about a nine on a scale of 1-10, only because he's "not sure what a 10 would be."

"It did improve my look on PSU a lot," Bushell-Beatty said. "I think part of it was the coaches. They really sold it to me the best. They were just so real; they didn't try to confuse me with all the smoke and mirrors."

The two sat down with their respective position coaches for about an hour. Shanley broke down some tape with quarterbacks coach Charlie Fisher. They watched the Northwestern game and Fisher would stop the film at different times: What type of coverage is this? What happens here?

It didn't quite feel like a job interview, Shanley said with a laugh, but he felt like he impressed Fisher.

"Shanley went back and forth with their offensive coordinator," Paramus Catholic coach Chris Partridge said. "And he pretty much knew everything he was talking about. They told him he was a guy they're going to evaluate more."

Bushell-Beatty, a 6-foot-6 and 320-pound tackle, said his favorite part was just meeting with strength coach Craig Fitzgerald. He was impressed with the weight room and said, in the short time he met Fitzgerald, his attitude was pretty infectious.

"I liked his intensity and what he was about," Bushell-Beatty said.

Neither player came away with a scholarship, but Bushell-Beatty is believed to be near the top of Penn State's big board. According to Partridge, they were told the Nittany Lions have only offered the top one or two guys at each position -- so a scholarship offer won't come immediately.

Bushell-Beatty said he understood PSU's situation with the limited scholarships, so he's "not bothered at all" by having to wait. Shanley, who's still awaiting his first scholarship offer, said PSU moved up near the top of his list -- but he knows he'll have to impress PSU's staff in his senior season to possibly grab one.

"They're not going to be handing them out like candy like some programs, especially at a position like me," Shanley said. "It's not like wide receiver where there's four at one time, so it's hard to come by an offer. So it's definitely something to strive for."