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.
“He’s going to be special,” Partridge said of his 2014 left tackle. “He has the ability to bend and has good footwork.”
Bushell-Beatty did not pick up football until his freshman year in high school. Always big for his age, Bushell-Beatty played other sports growing up but did not want to play football until he got to high school. He always knew he would at least give football a try once he got to Paramus Catholic, though.
“I wanted to play since I was in maybe sixth or seventh grade, but I wasn’t ready,” Bushell-Beatty said. “I came around to it, was like I’m going to play football in high school and if I like it I’ll stay and if not I’ll move on.”
Lucky for Paramus Catholic, he decided to stick with it. Bushell-Beatty did not break the starting lineup until preseason practice.
Programs such as Penn State, Pittsburgh and Rutgers are already aware of Bushell-Beatty. Rutgers hosted him for a camp this summer, although Bushell-Beatty was only able to compete for half of the camp because he had practice later on that day.
“It was all right. There were a lot of kids who were more experienced than me,” he said, “so playing with some of them and being with them during the camp I picked up on a couple of things … like speed, footwork and technique."