Penn State Nittany Lions: Juwann Bushell-Beatty

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As the calendar year winds down, there is still plenty to talk about within recruiting. Big Ten teams have been on a roll on the recruiting trail as of late, and each program is hoping that continues into signing day.

Here are five things for fans to watch as we head into the holiday season.

Under Armour Game

There are six Big Ten teams represented in the Under Armour All-America game this year with Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State and Penn State all having commitments scheduled to play in the game.

The game will be played Jan. 2 in St. Petersburg, Fla., but there will be plenty to watch before the big game. The participants will go through tough practices and skill competitions leading up to the event, which always has some interesting storylines.

The practices put the best players in the country against each other, so it’s a good measuring stick of top prospects.


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The Under Armour All-America game is fast approaching and plenty of participants still have questions surrounding their recruitment.

The Big Ten has quite a few of those recruits in the game, so here is a look at five of the bigger storylines heading into the prestigious game.

Will Jabrill Peppers take visits?


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Week in review: NittanyNation

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NittanyNation takes a look at this week’s Penn State football news and what you might have missed:

Bushell-Beatty, Shanley enjoy PSU visit 

February, 20, 2013
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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.


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Visit to PSU impresses CB Peppers 

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Before Wednesday's visit, Penn State wasn't even in cornerback Jabrill Peppers' top 10.

He could pick just about any school in the country. Why pick the Nittany Lions? Why not go to the SEC? Or, at the very least, a school not mired in NCAA sanctions? Peppers' coach at Paramus (N.J.) Catholic, Chris Partridge, told the ESPN Watch List prospect to just trust him. Just visit Penn State, he said. You'll like it.


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Three Paramus (N.J.) Catholic juniors -- including an ESPN Watch List prospect -- will wake up and hit the road at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday for Happy Valley, while another four are set to visit for an upcoming junior day.

Those seven recruits were all invited to Saturday's official junior day, but cornerback Jabrill Peppers was unable to make it. So he and two teammates -- quarterback Steve Shanley and offensive tackle Juwann Bushell-Beatty -- will instead come up a few days early to check out the facilities and watch some workouts.

Paramus Catholic coach Chris Partridge said the other four hoped to visit this Saturday. However, in a move another high school coach confirmed, the Nittany Lions are in the midst of scheduling a second unofficial junior day to host players. The quartet will attend that instead because they're heading up to UMass this weekend.

"I don't know if all of these kids will be offer-type kids for them," Partridge acknowledged. "But they're all doing well academically, and I think it's just kind of like getting in there and forming a relationship. But we have a lot of talent, and they're doing what they have to do in the classroom."

Here's a closer look at those seven players:

    Jabrill Peppers
    Jared Shanker/ESPN.comWatch List CB Jabrill Peppers will visit Penn State Wednesday with two of his high school teammates.

  • CB Jabrill Peppers, 6-foot, 185 pounds: He's the defensive back that every college in the country is clamoring for. His offer sheet reads like a who's who in the FBS: Alabama, Florida, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State, etc. PSU is currently on the outside looking in when it comes to Peppers' top five, but getting him on campus now is obviously a move in the right direction. He's the only Paramus Catholic player right now who boasts an offer from PSU.


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Only three years into his football career, Paramus (N.J.) Catholic offensive tackle Juwann Bushell-Beatty was not too worried about when his first offer would come. He was still new to the game and figured at some point the colleges would come.


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At 6-foot-6 and 320 pounds as a junior, Juwann Bushell-Beatty (Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic) has always been naturally big. That prototypical offensive tackle frame did not step onto the football field until his freshman year of high school. And it didn’t earn a starting spot until just before the start of the 2012 season.


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It was the first college visit for Paramus (N.J.) Catholic defensive lineman Nick Flores. It might be hard for any visit from here on out to top it, though.

The 2014 defensive tackle took a trip to Penn State this past weekend for the Ohio State game with some teammates, and the 6-foot, 255-pound junior enjoyed every part of it.

"The atmosphere was great, fans were good, everything was nice," Flores said. "I really liked it up there."

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PARAMUS, N.J. -- At 6-foot-6 and 320 pounds, junior offensive tackle Juwann Bushell-Beatty (Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic) already looks the part of an elite offensive tackle. Chris Partridge says he has the talent, too.

Partridge should know, as the Paramus Catholic coach sees elite talents Jabrill Peppers and Najee Clayton every day in practice.

“He’s going to be special,” Partridge said of his 2014 left tackle. “He has the ability to bend and has good footwork.”

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