NCF On The Trail: Juwann Bushell-Beatty

Tuesday Under Armour Early Offerings 

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The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Tuesday's Early Offering is coming to you from the Under Armour All-America Game in Orlando. Here’s a sampling of some of the top news from the event so far, a look at who stood out in the second day of practices, and three-star athlete Isaiah McKenzie debates who the fastest player in the country really is.

Big Ten recruiting storylines: Dec. 19 

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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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Under Armour game storylines: Big Ten 

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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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Paramus, N.J. -- Five-star cornerback Jabrill Peppers and teammate Juwann Bushell-Beatty (Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic) were presented with their honorary Under Armour All-America Game jerseys Wednesday.

Peppers and Bushell-Beatty, both Michigan commits, are among the 90 players selected to compete in the event on Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.

[+] EnlargeJuwann Bushell-Beatty, Jabrill Peppers
Courtesy of IntersportJuwann Bushell-Beatty and Jabrill Peppers will are two high-profile commits in Michigan's 2014 class.
"I just want to thank my Dad for putting me into this game. This game has changed my life. Just being able to do what you love and allow that to pay for your college, that's just lovely," Peppers said. “… It’s truly and honor to play against some of the top players in the country. “

Paramus Catholic head coach Chris Partridge says he is just as proud of what his star players have achieved both on and off the field.

“The thing about these two (Bushell-Beatty and Peppers) is you can see why they are chosen as they are physical specimens…and if you watch them play the game, you see how fast they are, how physical of big or explosive they are; but in reality what they have done both on off the field is why they are sitting up here and why I’m so proud of them.”

For Bushell-Beatty, an ESPN 300 offensive tackle, sees the game as another opportunity football has given him.

“I mean, a lot of opportunities have been opened by playing football that are great. Just this whole thing is really a blessing because not many people get to experience this,” Bushell-Beatty said. “From not playing football at all four years ago, and being where I am today is a great blessing. … Every last one of [my coaches] from the smallest part to the biggest part, they have had an effect on how I’ve gotten here.”

Peppers said the legacy of the game made his selection more memorable.

"It’s definitely a tremendous honor, just to be able to say I got to play in the same game as a lot of first round picks,” Peppers said. “You know Julio Jones, guys like that who played in this game and went on to have fantastic careers in college and be first round picks in the league. That’s what I plan to do, so it’s definitely a tremendous honor, it humbles me, I still have a long way to go and I just have to get better and better as everything continues to go along,”

And Peppers will get to show what he can do against the nation’s best.

“I just want to play. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to be in the Under Armour All-America Game. I've only been to Florida one time and just to go down there and play against the best guys throughout the country, do something I love to do, and just be able to prove myself before I prove myself in college … there is no better feeling and not a better experience than I can imagine right now.”

The 6-foot-7, 330-pound Bushell-Beatty echoed those sentiments and the fact of have Paramus Catholic teammates together at the game.

"I'm excited to just get the chance to go against some of the top recruits out there and have the opportunity to go down to Orlando with my teammate, 'Brill,” he said. “This whole thing is just a great opportunity. I just want to get out there, get a chance to play, get the chance to meet everybody and have a great time.”

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Peppers is the No. 2-ranked prospect in the ESPN 300, and the No. 1 cornerback in the class. Bushell-Beatty is the No. 124-ranked prospect and the No. 10 tackle in the class. Both chose the Wolverines over a litany of big-name offers.

'Brotherhood' drew N.J. duo to Michigan 

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ESPN 300 standouts Jabrill Peppers (Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic) and his teammate Juwann Bushell-Beatty don’t know what it’s like to be a Michigan man.

But the two have a pretty good idea.


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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- On Monday, the ESPN 300 was released, as was an updated ESPN 150. The majority of Michigan’s class was largely unaffected, only experiencing minor moves throughout, though most of Michigan’s commits’ moves were down rather than up.

However, the Wolverines continue to have nine of their 11 commits in the ESPN 150, and many of their top targets remained in the top 100.


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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Now is a time when kids who are sports fans will need explanations for conference names.

They’ll want to know that at one point the “Pac” in Pac-12 (then eight) stands for the Pacific Ocean and that the conference held teams that were near that body of water, and that Arizona and Arizona State, being in deserts, isn’t just irony for the sake of conference humor. Or that the “East” in Big East didn’t initially imply “east of the Mississippi.” Or that something as simple as the Big Ten once truly had 10 teams.

But it’s a sign of the times, and conference realignment is a constant reality for today’s athletes. While the “Ten” in Big Ten is now a misnomer, it still lives up to the “Big” part, and the conference’s territory keeps growing bigger and bigger.


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Weekly Commitment Roundup

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ACC
Florida State
Alec Eberle | OG |Mechanicsville, Va./Atlee
HT: 6-4 WT: 271
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

N.C. State
Michael Till |TE-Y |Upper Marlboro, Md./Wise
HT: 6-5 WT: 260
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

North Carolina
Brandon Fritts |TE-H |Mentor, Ohio/Mentor
HT: 6-4 WT: 210
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Pittsburgh
Connor Hayes |OG |Traverse City, Mich./West
HT: 6-4 WT: 270
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Virginia Tech
Travon McMillian |ATH |Woodbridge, Va./Hylton
HT: 5-11 WT: 186
Position Rank: #41 ATH
Stars: 4

Big 12
Baylor
Josh Pelzel |OT |Rockdale, Texas/Rockdale
HT: 6-7 WT: 334
Position Rank: #31 OT
Stars: 3

Chad President |ATH |Temple, Texas/Temple
HT: 6-3 WT: 195
Class of 2015

Kansas State
Sam Sizelove | OLB | Argyle, Texas/Argyle
HT: 6-2 WT: 229
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Texas Tech
Derrick Neal | ATH | Dallas/Lincoln
HT: 5-10 WT: 155
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big East
Rutgers
Peter Mokwuah | DT | Staten Island, N.Y./St. Joseph By The Sea
HT: 6-4 WT: 304
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big Ten
Illinois
Chayce Crouch | QB-PP | Newark, Ohio/Newark Catholic
HT: 6-4 WT: 215
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Michigan
Juwann Bushell-Beatty | OT | Paramus, N.J./Catholic
HT: 6-7 WT: 330
Position Rank: #10 OT
Stars: 4
ESPN 150 (120)
Under Armour All-American

Minnesota
Dimonic McKinzy | ATH | Kansas City, Kan./Wyandotte
HT: 6-0 WT: 215
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Steven Richardson | DT | Chicago/Mount Carmel
HT: 5-11 WT: 280
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Pac-12
Arizona State
Avery Anderson | ATH | Colorado Springs, Colo./Pine Creek
HT: 6-0 WT: 166
Class of 2015

Oregon
Morgan Mahalak | QB-PP | Kentfield, Calif./Marin Catholic
HT: 6-3 WT: 185
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Stanford
Christian McCaffrey | ATH | Highlands Ranch, Colo./Valor Christian
HT: 6-0 WT: 195
Position Rank: #34 ATH
Stars: 4

USC
Michael Wyche | DT | Monterey Park, Calif./East Los Angeles College
HT: 6-4 WT: 325
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Washington State
Marcus Griffin | DT | Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue
HT: 6-3 WT: 285
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

SEC
Georgia
Sony Michel | RB | Plantation, Fla./American Heritage
HT: 5-11 WT: 194
Position Rank: #2 RB
Stars: 4
ESPN 150 (16)

Kentucky
Tymere Dubose | DT | Youngstown, Ohio/Youngstown Christian
HT: 6-5 WT: 245
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Darryl Long | TE-Y | Westerville, Ohio/Westerville
HT: 6-5 WT: 217
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Missouri
Thomas Richard | WR | Nashville, Tenn./Chris Presbyterian
HT: 6-0 WT: 181
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

South Carolina
Kalan Ritchie |TE-Y |Goose Creek, S.C./Goose Creek
HT: 6-6 WT: 226
Position Rank: #10 TE-Y
Stars: 3

Tennessee
Orlando Brown Jr. |OT |Duluth, Ga./Peachtree Ridge
HT: 6-8 WT: 348
Position Rank: #25 OT
Stars: 3

Kameel Jackson |WR |Arlington, Texas/Blinn College
HT: 6-0 WT: 200
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Vanderbilt
Mikale Wilbon |RB |Chicago/De La Salle
HT: 5-9 WT: 186
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Independents / Misc.
Boise State
Greg Gaines |DT |La Habra, Calif./La Habra
HT: 6-1 WT: 297
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Notre Dame
Elijah Hood |RB |Charlotte, N.C./Catholic
HT: 6-0 WT: 220
Position Rank: #8 RB
Stars: 4
ESPN 150 (49)

Quenton Nelson |OG |Red Bank, N.J./Catholic
HT: 6-5 WT: 289
Position Rank: #19 OG
Stars: 4
Brady Hoke loves football in the trenches. It all starts up front, and as long as he’s at the helm Michigan will emphasize recruiting along the lines.

So the fact Ann Arbor seems to have become a destination for the nation’s top offensive line talent is a major feather in his cap.


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Paramus (N.J.) Catholic lineman Juwann Bushell-Beatty was not guaranteed a starting spot entering his junior season. His football career began only two years prior, and there was only hope from the coaching staff he would lock down the left tackle spot during preseason camp.

A breakout junior campaign followed, and the ESPN 150 lineman now has double-digit offers.


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ESPN 150 Targets: Michigan 

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Jabrill PeppersJared Shanker/ESPN.comA recent visit to Ann Arbor has vaulted Michigan to the top of the list for cornerback Jabrill Peppers, the No. 2 player in the ESPN 150.
With the release of the ESPN 150, here are a look at some key Michigan targets within the top list:

1. CB Jabrill Peppers (Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic)
6-foot-1, 205 pounds
ESPN 150 Rank: 2

Why Michigan wants him: Peppers would be a perfect fit for what Michigan wants at cornerback. He's tall, has length and would be versatile in Michigan's defense. Peppers is a bigger corner that can play zone or man-to-man, and would match up well with bigger receivers in the Big Ten.

Who else wants him: Ohio State, LSU and Stanford

Odds they get him: As of right now Michigan has a very good shot with Peppers. After his visit to Ann Arbor, Peppers vaulted Michigan to the top of his list along with Stanford and Ohio State. He plans on making it out to Stanford in July, but has not set a decision date yet. If he were making his decision today the Wolverines would likely be the choice.


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Give Ohio State two big thumbs up.

At least in the terms of ESPN Watch List athlete Jabrill Peppers (Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic) and his teammate, offensive tackle Juwann Bushell-Beatty.


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Jabrill PeppersJared Shanker/ESPN.comESPN Watch List defensive back Jabrill Peppers and high school teammate Juwann Bushell-Beatty enjoyed their unofficial visit to Michigan.
Being a fan of a program growing up does not necessarily mean a player will sign with the school. That could be the case with Jabrill Peppers (Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic) and Michigan.

But that does not mean Peppers, who still has Michigan in his top four, was not soaking up every minute of his two-day trip to see his childhood favorite.


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Bushell-Beatty, Shanley enjoy PSU visit 

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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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