Sometimes the world of technology and social media fails to pass great news along fast. Despite being nearly two days since 2014 Paramus (N.J.) Catholic offensive tackle Juwann Bushell-Beatty called up Brady Hoke and the Wolverines to offer his commitment to the University of Michigan, the news was still working it’s way through the channels of social media and word of mouth as more and more found out and shared.
As of Tuesday night, not everyone in Bushell-Beatty’s family had officially heard the news.
“Things have calmed down a little bit,” Bushell-Beatty told GoBlueWolverine. “I have family members who hadn’t found out Monday so I’m still getting texts and everything.”
Still basking in the glow of the commitment spotlight, and also feeling relief that it’s all over, Bushell-Beatty already took a few moments to really let his choice sink in. And the 6-7, 330-pounder couldn’t be more thrilled.
“The overall feeling, I feel good about my decision,” said Bushell-Beatty. “There’s really nothing that will make me think otherwise. It just hit me to get it off my chest. I was thinking about it for a while now. I just know how I feel about Michigan and I’m happy to be part of the team.”
As big as the news is of Bushell-Beatty’s verbal pledge to the Wolverines, potentially even bigger news could be on the way if his Paramus Catholic teammate and five-star cornerback Jabrill Peppers joins him in Ann Arbor. Peppers, a lifelong Michigan fan, isn’t far away from making his decision as well, and Bushell-Beatty is doing everything he can to ensure that means the two will be teammates for a long time.
“I just let him know that Michigan, I mean, we both went on our visit together so he knows what Michigan is like,” said Bushell-Beatty. “I said Michigan is a great school and everything they can offer you. He was laughing it off.
“We were just going back and forth. I think he feels strongly about them, he’s just trying to become well rounded, understand everything going on. Like I said before, as far as his decision, I don’t know exactly what’s going on in his mind but I’m still on him. I’m trying to do my best to get him going in the right direction.”
With recruiting out of the way now for Bushell-Beatty his attention shifts to his high school season as fall camp sits just three months away.
“That was another thing that was a big part of it too,” said Bushell-Beatty. “I knew where I wanted to go and there weren’t many other places I was interested in going that give me as much opportunity as Michigan can give me. But that’s one of the reasons I decided to do it now, to get it out of the way and just focus. Instead of having to look at every other school I can just focus on the place that I’m going because I know where I’m headed now.
“And this year is important to my team because we’re trying to win a state championship. I’d be doing all of my teammates wrong if I was going into the season with all of the colleges and everything. I’m glad I got it out of the way so I don’t have to worry about this recruiting thing anymore. I can focus on getting better and making improvements, and becoming a well rounded player so by the time college comes around I’ll be ready.”
Bushell-Beatty says he plans to make it back up to Ann Arbor for a game this fall during one of Paramus Catholic’s bye weeks. Until then, his “project 135” shirt will keep he and the rest of the class of 2014 members linked from a far.
“I haven’t gotten it yet,” said Bushell-Beatty laughing. “It’s on the way though.”