Up to 6'6, 320 pounds, 2014 Paramus Catholic (N.J.) offensive tackle Juwan Bushell-Beatty is a large human being with scholarship offers coming in left and right. Playing varsity for the first time, Bushell-Beatty is looking to be a more assertive run blocker heading into his final season at the high school level.
"It's something I'd like to have going into next year," Bushell-Beatty told GoBlueWolverine. "I think this year, even thought it went really well, I think towards the beginning it was more of a learning year. And now going into this year it's more about taking the things I've learned, improving them, and making myself the best player I can be."
"I think pass protection is probably my favorite thing to do between the two. It's something I put a lot of time into perfecting."
Possessing terrific size and athleticism, Bushell-Beatty is receiving attention from colleges all over the country. Michigan is one school that recently stopped by Paramus Catholic to inquire about he and teammate, defensive back Jabrill Peppers. With Peppers, already holding an offer from the Wolverines, Bushell-Beatty becomes U-M offer No. 2 from the New Jersey powerhouse.
"I think it might have been either last week or two weeks ago," said Bushell-Beatty. "I was on the phone with coach Mallory and we were talking a little bit and he extended me an offer.
I was pretty excited cause I know Michigan is a really good school, and I'd love to play a level of football like that someday. It was just an experience that I liked having."
Admittedly unfamiliar with everything Michigan offers at this point, Bushell-Beatty knows the academics in Ann Arbor can go head-to-head with most schools, something very important to the massive left tackle and his family.
"Definitely academics -- that's probably the biggest thing," said Bushell-Beatty. "I know Michigan is a very good academic school and a couple other places are very good academic schools.
I think that's the biggest thing my dad taught me is life after football and I'm sure every other college athlete in the nation, they want to see the NFL. It's not always like that though. You have to think about what you can fall back on when you get out of college."
Looking to get more familiar with the Wolverines, Bushell-Beatty plans to visit Michigan in early April.
"I'm actually going up to Michigan in April," said Bushell-Beatty. "So I'm going to go up and meet everybody, all of the coaches and everything. I'm going to get to know them better as time goes on."
Bushell-Beatty also plans to visit Ohio State this spring.
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