Wednesday, March 20, 2013
2014 PSU spotlight: OT Noah Beh
By Josh Moyer
Over the next few months, NittanyNation will look closer at the 2014 recruits who claim offers from Penn State. Today we examine offensive tackle Noah Beh, who earned an offer from the Nittany Lions on junior day.
Vitals: OT Noah Beh, Scranton (Pa.) Prep, 6-foot-7, 245 pounds.
Offers: He currently holds nine offers, and the main competition seems to be from Boston College and Pittsburgh. He doesn't seem overly enamored with Maryland but appears to really like the Nittany Lions. Most schools offered him a scholarship as a defensive end.
Numbers game: He finished his junior season with 70 tackles and 10 sacks -- which averages out to 5.8 tackles and 0.8 sacks each contest. He also started at offensive guard on a relatively balanced offense that scored at least five touchdowns in seven of 12 games.
Memorable highlight: On one play as a defensive end, he engaged his blocker and quickly drove him back about four yards. He then grabbed the tailback with one hand and wrestled him to the turf for a loss. You can see that play here at the 25-second mark.
State of the position: Penn State wants just one offensive tackle this recruiting class -- well, maybe two if a certain junior college player (Jermaine Eluemunor) decides to commit -- so Beh knows he'd have to commit sooner rather than later. Only Garry Gilliam, Anthony Alosi and Donovan Smith will be around as scholarship players in 2014, in addition to 2013 commit Andrew Nelson. So a recruit here could push for some early time on the field.
What has caught Penn State's eye: Although his weight was down a bit because of basketball -- he's now a little more than 230 pounds -- he has the kind of frame that could support additional weight. Head coach Bill O'Brien decided to look past those numbers then because he told Beh that the staff liked his strength and toughness. He's also a versatile player, so if PSU needs him on defense, he could move to defensive end without skipping a beat. Despite his 6-7 frame, he also often pulled as a guard and blocked upfield with his athleticism, too.
Quotables: "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. Beaver Stadium's amazing, and they have pretty nice facilities. I just really liked it all and the tradition."