Now in Orlando practicing against some of the best talent the country has to offer at the Under Armour All-America Game, Bushell-Beatty is one of just many like him, big and learning how to play the offensive tackle position as opposed to just pushing smaller players around.
“I think the biggest thing with kids is when they come to a camp like this where you have a bunch of All-Americans, at schools, at their home schools, they’ve been used to just being the biggest person, the best person,” Team Nitro offensive line Coach George Hegamin said of Bushell-Beatty. “You come here and you’re surrounded by kids that are just as talented or maybe even a bit more talented than you and it’s important for you to learn I’ve got to pick it up everyday and I have to work toward something everyday.
“I just wanted to encourage him to keep the effort level up because he’s definitely got the ability, I just want to make sure he continues to raise his effort level.”
Pulling Bushell-Beatty aside for some added instruction on technique and focus following their first workout together, Hegamin is seeing progress already, a good sign for a young man hoping to soak up all the coaching he can before heading off to Ann Arbor.
“I can tell where he’s gotten better from yesterday to today,” Hegamin said. “So what that does say, at least is he learns quicker, he learns very fast.”
Primarily lining up at left tackle on his state championship Paramus Catholic team, Bushell-Beatty could flip sides once he gets to college.
“Definitely, in my opinion, he’s a right tackle,” Hegamin said. “He’s got that big, thick right tackle build, I wouldn’t even be surprised to see him at guard some because he’s a pretty big, stout guy.”
Despite the week long experience full of free gear and on camera fun, Hegamin is pushing Bushell-Beatty the way he’ll be pushed by Michigan offensive line coach Darrell Funk next fall.
“Honestly its just effort,” Hegamin said. “I just want to see him constantly be better at how he goes about his business on a daily basis.”