Scout Rating: ***
Scout Rank: #50 OT
Vitals: 6-foot-6, 320
Hometown: Paramus (N.J.) Catholic HS
His Recruiting Story:
A high school teammate of the No. 3 overall player in the 2014 Scout.com rankings in Jabrill Peppers, Juwann Bushell-Beatty had college coaches roaming Paramus Catholic and with his big 6-foot-6, 320-pound frame he was easy to spot. Bushell-Beatty’s first offer came from Massachusetts but was quickly followed by Florida, Florida State and West Virginia in February of 2013, only the beginning of a recruitment ready to take off. Adding offers from Tennessee, Miami, Boston College, and Michigan, Bushell-Beatty made his way to Ann Arbor for a visit that April and came away impressed. By the end of the month, Bushell-Beatty felt comfortable enough with a “humble” Brady Hoke, as he said, and committed to the Michigan Wolverines.
Scout.com Northeast Recruiting Analyst Brian Dohn raves about the potential Bushell-Beatty has at the next level: Bushell-Beatty is big and long, and just getting around him is a challenge for some defenders. The 6-foot-6, 310-pounder does a good job blocking down the line of scrimmage and also spinning the defender to open holes in the running game, but he is most impressive in pass protection.”
“It hasn’t changed from when I saw him early in the season, and that is Bushell-Beatty will need a few years to develop. Bushell-Beatty is long and has athleticism, and he has the drive to get better. It will take some work, but Bushell-Beatty could develop into a very good offensive tackle for the Wolverines.”
“I saw a lot of what I was looking for in a school when I went there,” stated Bushell-Beatty. “I think the coaches and the players were what sold it to me. They’re real good guys. I was looking for a place that was really similar to be at home like at (Paramus Catholic) and that’s where I felt that really strong at.
“I’m in contact most with Coach Manning and Coach Mallory. They’re just real guys. I had a great time when I got to see them in person. They are just real genuine people and just a bunch of real honest guys.”
On Bushell-Beatty’s visit to Michigan, one of the major standouts was the development, talent and work ethic of future 2014 NFL first round draft pick Taylor Lewan, something the very motivated young man hopes to work up to some day.
“I got to stay during practice and I was watching (Taylor Lewan),” Bushell-Beatty recalled. “I could see how good of a player he is, everything that he did, and the stuff that he has to do to be where he is at. He does everything the right way.”
Judging by Bushell-Beatty’s size at 6-foot-6, 320-pounds, the natural inclination is to think the young man could be ready to contribute or even slide into the depth chart early but that most likely won’t be the case. The potential is there and the fit, possibly at right tackle for Michigan, is exactly what the Wolverines are looking for in being a big, physical offensive line that could push defenses around. But for Bushell-Beatty, refinement in his game and skill set as an offensive lineman is necessary and could take a couple years before he sees the field in the big house. Regardless, Michigan remains enthralled with Bushell-Beatty’s size, everything else, as far as they can see, can be improved moving forward.