ORLANDO—Escaping the cold in the dead of winter is sure to excite anyone but 2014 Paramus (N.J.) Catholic offensive tackle and Michigan commitment Juwan Bushell-Beatty didn’t come to the Under Armour All-America Game to hit the beach and catch some rays -- it’s about work.
With nearly a full week of practice leading up to Thursday’s game in St. Petersburg, Bushell-Beatty plans to be ready.
“Today I think was kind of like a mark trying to find out where I was coming right off the season,” Bushell-Beatty said. “This week is just going to be increasing, as Coach Herman said, just 100-percent each day, I’m going to try to do more than 100-percent, pick it up.
“Really, cause this is my first real test, I want this to kind of be a show. I want to go back home and watch and hear my name on TV.”
If Bushell-Beatty hopes to hear his name called Thursday, his emphasis on hard work and attention to detail will need to spike, being his own worst critic following Sunday’s first session.
“Getting back into it there’s always a couple things you have to work on,” he said. “I think they’re minor fixes, mostly everything is confidence.
“I need to have a little bit more urgency. That’s probably my biggest thing.”
His position coach echoed the same sentiment in a 1-on-1 conversation prior to the players break for lunch, Bushell-Beatty added.
Fresh off an exciting and successful 10-2 season at Paramus Catholic that resulted in a state championship, Bushell-Beatty took his official to Ann Arbor a little over two weeks ago, further cementing his belief that he’s more than ready to be a Wolverines.
“It was great,” he said. “I got a chance to experience the whole atmosphere. We weren’t at a football game, we were at a basketball game and it was pretty much the same intensity just on a smaller stage.
“I had a great time and got a chance to meet some of my teammates who are here today so just getting along with them is a good thing.”
Not the only Paramus Catholic product currently expected to sign with Michigan in February, his teammate, five-star defensive back Jabrill Peppers, also made the visit with Bushell-Beatty.
Despite publically stating his desire to take other visits back in November, Peppers has since reaffirmed his commitment to the Wolverines and Bushell-Beatty expects him to be a part of the 2014 class when names need to go on the dotted line.
“I told him do your own thing and whatever decision you have to make is clearly best for you and that’s how you feel,” Bushell-Beatty said. “When we were on the visit, just when we talked to the coaches, I think it solidified it and solidified what he wants.”
Any more visits for Peppers?
“No, no chance,” he said. “Zero chance.”