Lions Offer Noah a 'Ship

Coal Region OL Beh was on campus Saturday and received a nice surprise from the Penn State coaching staff.

Penn State will offer a select group of offensive tackles in the 2014 recruiting cycle, and Scranton Prep (Pa.) standout Noah Beh realizes that. So when the junior was pulled into Nittany Lion head coach Bill O'Brien's Lasch Building office Saturday afternoon during an unofficial visit, he was a tad stunned -- and a lot stoked -- about the message that would follow.

Penn State was giving him a verbal scholarship offer.

“I didn't really think I was going to get one [an offer], but I wasn't really worried about that, because I knew that the numbers were shortened,” Beh said. “I knew even more when I got there, because they said they can only take one offensive lineman from my class.

“I was honored because that's special,” he added. “I'm only one of just a few for that spot. That was really big and exciting.”

The Class of 2014 member helped anchor a Cavaliers' offensive line that helped the team rush for more than 200 yards per game. The 6-foot-7, 235-pounder also made 70 stops from the defensive end position. And though his trip to University Park was his first as a recruit, the junior is well aware of Nittany Lion tradition, holding close ties to current linebacker Nyeem Wartman, wide-receiver Eugene Lewis and offensive lineman Eric Shrive.

“I got a tour with everyone, and we saw all the facilities, weight room, the training room, and got to see the whole team working out in the indoor facility,” Beh said. “I got to meet with academic support and all of that, and we got onto the field [Beaver Stadium] for a little bit. I really liked it, especially meeting Coach Mac [McWhorter] and Coach O'Brien. And with knowing some guys there, they can tell me anything I need to know, and what they needed to know to help them get through.”

Beh came away impressed with both Penn State's offensive line coach and head coach, who he says he met with twice before heading back to Scranton.

“I like him [McWhorter] a lot. I've been talking to him for a while now, and I like him because he's old school, and a pretty cool guy,” Beh explained. “And with Coach O'Brien, I like him a lot, too. He seems like a real guy, and he tells me everything straightforward. He didn't tell me just what I wanted to hear.”

Boston College is also showing heavy interest in Beh, and at this point, he lists the Eagles and the Nittany Lions as his two favorites. The junior will likely take other visits this spring, but will have to navigate a postseason run by his basketball team to do so. But for now, the lasting images in his mind will be from two distinct aspects of his visit, both of which could propel the Nittany Lions later on in his recruitment.

“For me, the two things that stood out were the coaches and the facilities,” Beh said. “I really like the coaches; they're easy to talk to, and I got along with all of them. The facilities were really nice. I never got to see them before, but they were pretty impressive.”

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