Tuesday, February 26, 2013
OT/DE Noah Beh mulling Penn State offer
By Josh Moyer
Noah Beh has done a lot of thinking since Saturday's junior day at Penn State.
Bill O'Brien called the offensive tackle out of Scranton (Pa.) Prep inside his office twice on Saturday and offered him a scholarship the second time around. O'Brien told him the Nittany Lions would be taking just one tackle in this 2014 class, so Beh said he's feeling the pressure.
He's waffled a lot between committing to PSU and instead holding off. The 6-foot-7, 230-pound junior said Monday night that he still isn't sure what his next move might be.
"It's definitely not easy," he said. "It's unlike any school now, of course. I've been thinking about it a lot but, yeah, it's obviously different. I've been thinking about it and talking with my family because how do we react to this? It's pretty hard."
The in-state prospect has plenty of options. He holds offers from Boston College, UConn, Maryland, UMass, Pitt, Syracuse and Temple. He enjoyed a trip to see Boston College and said his Maryland visit was so-so.
Because of that other interest, Beh isn't sure what he might do. He could wait to see what future offers come along, but if he does that, he knows he might miss out on Penn State.
"I really like Coach Mac [McWhorter] and Coach O'Brien and, just growing up in Pennsylvania, it'd obviously be cool to play in your home state," he said. "Beaver Stadium's amazing, and they have pretty nice facilities. I just really liked it all and the tradition. Really, there's only one downside -- the pressure they were putting on us."
When O'Brien called Beh into his office after morning introductions, the offensive tackle -- who's being mostly being recruited at defensive end by other schools -- said he felt like an offer could be on the way. When it didn't come, he didn't feel discouraged because he said he didn't drive up for an offer. He came to check out the facilities and talk to the coaches.
When O'Brien invited him inside a second time, he figured it could go either way. But ESPN's coach of the year got straight to the point: He didn't care Beh weighed just 230 pounds because of basketball. Beh could always add the weight. So, he extended an offer to the player who lives a stone's throw from Matt McGloin's childhood home.
"You're a tough, strong kid from Scranton," Beh remembered O'Brien saying, "and I like that. So I want to give you a scholarship."
Added Beh: "I was really excited because I wasn't expecting it. When I came to his office a second time, it was pretty cool. I just tried to stay poised and said, 'Thanks, Coach. I'm honored.' "
The Scranton Prep junior said he doesn't have a preference which position he plays, so he said playing offensive tackle didn't work against Penn State. He said he's just trying to find the right school.
The only question now is whether he's already found it.