|Paramus (NJ) Catholic offensive tackle|
Juwann Bushell-Beatty (image via Rivals)
Bushell-Beatty stands 6'7" and 310 lbs.
ESPN: 4-star, 83 grade, #10 OT, #120 overall
Rivals: 3-star, #29 OT
Scout: 3-star, #45 OT
247 Sports: 4-star, 90 grade, #17 OT, #215 overall
Bushell-Beatty was offered in February, just a couple weeks after National Signing Day. He visited Penn State and Boston College in the meantime, and he also stopped by Ohio State on the same trip in which he visited Michigan. After that midwest trip, he declared Michigan his leader; many presumed that he would commit to the Wolverines, but Michigan hasn't recruited New Jersey very successfully over the past few seasons.
When watching Bushell-Beatty's highlights, they started off well. I think he shows some pretty impressive footwork for such a large guy, and he moves his feet very well in both the pass and run game. He shows a nice kick set, keeps a wide base, and stays well balanced while sitting back in his pass set. He also flashes the ability to show a good punch and control a rusher's inside number. He has a thick lower body, which should allow him to develop a strong power base and anchor well against inside pass rushes.
I also thought his highlight-worthy plays ran out fairly quickly. Regarding his pass blocking, Bushell-Beatty sometimes opens up his hips and outside foot too early, which could make him susceptible to defensive ends spiking inside. While he shows a good hand punch at times, it's not consistent enough and he needs to work on keeping his hands inside. In the run game, he shows decent footwork but he tends to stand up too high; despite his heft, he doesn't appear to have the strength to drive defensive linemen off the ball. At times he gets stoned by players who are smaller than him, partly because of pad level but also partly due to some apparent lack of functional strength. He needs to play lower and get in the weight room. And while several of Michigan's recent offensive line recruits look like solid overall athletes, Bushell-Beatty is a little less so and will have to work on his balance and flexibility.
I think Bushell-Beatty projects best as a left tackle at the next level, because he has a pretty good feel for pass protection. His run blocking needs the most work, in my opinion, so offensive guard and right tackle are a bigger leap. He has a good deal of mass and probably doesn't need to add weight (if he is indeed 310 lbs.), but he will need to turn some of that current weight into muscle. I do not think he has the athleticism to be a great offensive lineman, but there is some potential for him to be a starter at some point, a guy like Mark Huyge.
Bushell-Beatty is the eighth commitment in the class of 2014 and the second offensive lineman, joining Tarpon Springs (FL) East Lake's Mason Cole. If the recruiting class remains at the size of 16, then I would expect Michigan to take three total linemen; the third could be a guy at any of the offensive line positions, because I think Michigan has built enough depth at every spot to take the "best player available." Meanwhile, Bushell-Beatty's teammate is cornerback Jabrill Peppers, widely considered to be the best cornerback prospect in the country. Michigan has not pulled in a player from Paramus (NJ) Catholic before, and he is the first from the Garden State since Anthony Lalota in the 2009 class. However, Michigan did have a short run of success recruiting the state in the 2000s with guys like J.B. Fitzgerald, Victor Hobson, and Brandon Smith.
TTB Rating: 68 (ratings explanation)
Highlights can be found on Hudl.