OT Beh Docks at Penn State

Scranton (Pa.) Prep offensive tackle Noah Beh became the 10th member of Penn State's Class of 2014 Saturday. The senior-to-be now has no worries about his future college home and can focus on beefing up.

Noah Beh knew for a few days that committing to Penn State was what he wanted to do to end his recruitment before the dog days of summer rolled around. So as he and his father drove to University Park Saturday morning, there were no nerves or uneasiness about what he would do before leaving PSU's sprawling campus. He was going to become a Nittany Lion.

Beh became the first offensive tackle to join State's Class of 2014, and 10th prospect overall, when he gave his verbal pledge to head coach Bill O'Brien just after lunch. He chose Penn State over Boston College and Syracuse, and also worked out during the morning session of State's Advanced Skill Camp, its first of the summer.

"I went into his office and started talking over everything, and then I just told him I was going over everything, and thinking long and hard, and that I really like Penn State, and that I'm coming," Beh said on his way home to Scranton, Pa.

"He was really excited, and genuinely happy to get me, I guess. That was pretty cool."

Many have expressed wariness of Beh's 6-foot-6, 250-pound frame for an offensive tackle. But the Scranton Prep athlete said he nor the PSU staff have any concerns about it. Instead, a stead regimen of strength and conditioning coach Craig Fitzgerald is all he needs, in their minds.

And what if the weight doesn't come? A minimal concern, in his mind, it was Beh's father, Jim, who asked O'Brien what would happen to his son if he did not pan-out physically as projected. And as tough as the question may have been, the answer provided all the clarity father and son needed.

"My dad kind of asked, because about the weight thing and if I didn't get up to a certain weight, and they said they would use me wherever," said Beh said, who could also play defensive line at the next level. "I like that, because they know I'm versatile, and can play a few position. It's good that they want what is good for me."

Once back in his Scranton neighborhood of Green Ridge, Beh said he will continue to get bigger off the field and better on it, taking full advantage of the advice suggested by Penn State: continue to get better, but enjoy your senior year, have fun, and keep working hard.

But Beh envisions fun away from home, too, and it will be primarily led by not just Fitzgerald, but also PSU offensive line coach Mac McWhorter. He's grown close to the latter during the recruiting process, and said the second-year line coach offered plenty of assistance during his recruitment.

"I got to talk to him, me and my dad, and he was awesome," Beh said of Fitzgerald. "He is going to make workouts so much easier and more fun, and he's just so great. All the guys love it and working out with him.

"[Coach McWhorter] is great, and me and him have a good relationship. We've been talking, and I've been around him a good amount, so I'm looking forward to him and getting to know him and having him coach me.

"He gave me little, simple tips today," Beh continued. "But he helped me in the recruiting process, too. He said to think about what is most important to me, and that helped a lot."

What's important to Beh is that family and friends will easily be able to make the two-hour and change trip to watch him play on Saturdays, and that State offers both the type of coaching staff and players he desired to play with while also offering top-flight academics and facilities.

Beh added that he was not informed whether Penn State will continue to recruit another offensive lineman, but either way, it doesn't much matter. He expressed his gratitude and excitement when learning that the Penn State staff will continue to recruit him in the same manner as it did before Saturday, because, "other school won't stop, either."

It's appreciated, but not needed. He envisions nothing that could sway him from his future in blue and white, and it has as much to do with familiarity and fit as it does with the men who will lead him.

"There's a lot of great things about it, but I really love Coach O'Brien and Coach Mac," Beh explained. "They seem like great guys, and really getting along with them is pretty easy.

"I'm also excited about continuing the Penn State tradition, and in terms of them recruiting me, it just shows how genuine they are and how important I am to them and their recruiting class. They need me, and that helps to make it easier for me to feel more comfortable."

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