2014 Paramus (N.J.) Catholic high school offensive tackle Juwan Bushell-Beatty made a trip up to Ann Arbor the first weekend of April in order to further acclimate himself with the University of Michigan, the Wolverine's football program, and the coaching staff.
Bushell-Beatty was given an all-access tour of Michigan's facilities and even the opportunity to watch a spring practice in person, experiences that really stood out to the three-star recruit.
"I was very impressed," Bushell-Beatty told GoBlueWolverine. "They offered a lot of what I was looking for in a school."
Informing GoBlueWolverine of his height (6-6) and weight (320-pounds) gains during an interview at the end of February, Bushell-Beatty discussed the tackle position extensively while on campus with his potential future position coach, Darrell Funk. Watching the offensive linemen in drills during practice, Bushell-Beatty liked the approach.
"When I talked to coach funk we talked about keeping me at tackle," said Bushell-Beatty. "And I liked the way practice played out a lot. It was very intense and everyone was focused in.
"I liked the way coach Funk handled the line as well. He's a great guy."
Bushell-Beatty didn't come to Michigan alone, teammate and fellow Wolverine recruit, cornerback Jabrill Peppers was also on the visit. Although both are very interested in what Michigan has to offer, Bushell-Beatty adds, "we didn't really talk about becoming a package deal but we both had a great time up there."
Bushell-Beatty maintains he has no list of schools standing out despite holding offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Florida State, West Virginia, and Miami (Fla.), to name a few.
One thing Bushell-Beatty does know is that his recruitment is speeding up and a commitment might not be too far off.
"I'm interested in a few more places," he said. "But I'm getting closer to a decision."
Bushell-Beatty is hoping to take visits to Florida and Tennessee, both of whom have already offered as well.
Bushell-Beatty closer to a decision?
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