Bushell-Beatty Talks Nittany Lions

Juwann Bushell-Beatty

University Park tends to look a tad different in the dead of winter than it does on a fall October day. There aren't throngs of fans packing the Beaver Stadium lots in February, not mild temperatures. But none of the material things matter to Paramus Catholic (N.J.) offensive tackle Juwann Bushell-Beatty.

Just football, and he learned plenty about that Wednesday, when he and two other teammates trekked three hours to Penn State's main campus with head coach Chris Partridge to learn more about the Nittany Lions program, marking his second visit to University Park, the first coming for Penn State's clash with Ohio State in October.

"It went well. We had a lot of fun with the coaches," Bushell-Beatty said after returning home to Paramus. "It's fun [to visit with his teammates], and it's a really great experience, because I get to experience the process with my brothers, and get to see them grow as well as myself."

The 6-foot-5, 295 pound junior is one of a handful of tackles the Nittany Lions are looking closely at in the class of 2014, and though he didn't receive a verbal scholarship offer upon leaving University Park, Bushell-Beatty is certainly aware of the Nittany Lions' need for evaluation this early in the process, especially with their 15 scholarships per class limit.

"I wasn't necessarily expecting to be offered right away, because I understand the situation they're in," Bushell-Beatty explained. "I'm not worried about being offered right now. I understand what was happening because they're really interested, and they have a very limited number of scholarships.

"I haven't developed a list of schools yet, but I liked Penn State."

Paramus racked up 385 yards a game in a 10-2 season this past fall, with Bushell-Beatty smack in the middle of a line that drove production, and pushed teammate and fellow visitor Jabrill Peppers over the 1,000 yard mark. Peppers is being recruited by the Nittany Lions as a defensive back, but he also carried 172 times, as well. Both hope to replicate those statistics again in their senior season, making Bushell-Beatty's meeting with Penn State offensive line coach Mac McWhorter a learning experience.

"We arrived and they took us to meet with our position coach, and I met with Coach Mac," Bushell-Beatty explained. "We talked about technique, and he said that he liked the way I played and everything, and that they are very interested. We just talked about offensive line steps, and we went over film. He taught me a few things like stance, and technique."

And while McWhorter was plenty intriguing to the prospect, it was another coach that caught his eye even more.

"The best part was meeting Coach [Craig] Fitz[Gerald], and seeing the weight room," Bushell-Beatty said. "I liked what he was about. He was really intense, and I like that. He knew what he was about, and what he wanted from the players. I just liked how he operated; I agreed with it."

The group, which also included Paladins quarterback Steve Shanley, began its day meeting individual position coaches, before a tour of the football facilities. From there, they met with academic counselors, before touring the Lasch building weight room and watching some of the Nittany Lions' voluntary workouts before hitting the road.

"We didn't stay long enough to see the full work-out, but I thought the facilities were great," Bushell-Beatty said. Shanley enjoyed his visit, as well.

"It was a great experience. The facilities were unbelievable," Shanley told FOX Sports NEXT Northeast recruiting analyst Brian Dohn.

"And I got to watch [voluntary workouts] a little, and got a feel for the speed of the game at the next level."

Bushell-Beatty will make stops at Ohio State and Michigan in early April, but another stop back in State College this spring is likely, too.

"I haven't really put any thought into it yet, but it's looking like a yes," Bushell-Beatty said.

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