If Paramus Catholic sounds familiar to you true-blue recruiting fans, there's definitely a reason. Most Michigan recruiting fans most likely have their finger on the pulse of 5-star athlete/cornerback Jabrill Peppers' recruitment, and he and Bushell-Beatty just so happen to be teammates.
Also, both players just so happen to be interested in Michigan.
Hmm...this could get exciting if you're a fan of the Wolverines' football program.
According to Jared Shanker of ESPN.com, Bushell-Beatty has Michigan in his top three:
The 6'7", 330-pound cornerstone has offers from the likes of Florida, Florida State, Miami (Fla.), Michigan and Tennessee, and his top three schools are Boston College, Florida and Michigan. He took recent trips to Boston College and Michigan.
The Wolverines are in a strong position for the top 10 tackle nationally following the two-day visit earlier this month, which he took with 5-star teammate Jabrill Peppers.
“It just felt like a lot of what I was looking for,” the 4-star said. “Everything felt like a family. The player felt like real guys; the coaches felt like real guys.”
On it's own, this would be great news for Michigan. Bushell-Beatty has terrific size at 6'7'', 310 pounds, and the one thing that a coaching staff cannot teach is size. At his height and weight, he has the potential to be extremely good, especially if the Michigan staff is allowed to mold him for a year or two.
Landing Bushell-Beatty would be big for Michigan and he would be the next on a growing list of top-notch offensive lineman to commit to the Wolverines. I've heard Michigan called "Tight End U" recently, but the more fitting nickname would indeed be "Offensive Lineman U". It may not be as sexy, but believe me, as a coach that's the nickname that you'd prefer.
Still, the more interesting storyline here is the connection between Bushell-Beaty and Peppers. Here's what the offensive lineman recruit had to say about playing with Peppers per Shanker. Shanker also makes a very interesting statement here:
And Bushell-Beatty, No. 120 in the ESPN 150, is not counting out playing with Peppers, No. 2, in college. If that happens, it would likely be at Michigan.
“It all depends on if everything in a school we’re looking for meets our requirements, we might end up at the same place,” he said. “I’m not saying it will, but if it happens it’d be great.”
Could winning over Bushell-Beatty be the key to winning over Peppers as well? According to these quotes there's at least somewhat of a desire to play on the same team together, and both players have certainly had great things to say about their Michigan visits.
Peppers had this to say about his Michigan visit earlier this month, per Adam Friedman of Rivals.com:
"Now I don't even know what to expect anymore," Peppers laughed. "Michigan just completely exceeded my expectations. I'm just going to have to see how Michigan and Ohio State pair up and it should be a great experience but Michigan was probably one of the best visits I've been on without a doubt. Everything felt right."
It certainly seems like the high school teammates are singing the same tune about Michigan.
The Wolverines are ranked as the top team on Peppers 247Sports interest list, but Stanford is listed as "warm" and LSU and Ohio State are "cool" interests, so those are other programs to keep an eye on.
Note: According to another report from Shanker of ESPN, Peppers is planning to take a visit to Stanford in July, and he'll know where he wants to commit after that visit. That said, he won't make a commitment until after his senior season most likely, as he will only focus on recruiting during his bye week and once the season is over. He only wants to take two official visits, per Shanker.
There's no doubting that Michigan has made a huge impression on Peppers though, and the same could be said for Bushell-Beatty.
You never really do know how things will shake up in recruiting, but there is definitely a connection between both recruits, and that connection is the potential desire to play together, plus a mutual affinity for Michigan.
The Wolverines are in Bushell-Beatty's top three. If Hoke and his staff can make their way to the top of his list and land the 4-star offensive tackle, it seems like it would go a long way towards landing the No. 1 athlete in the 2014 class according to the 247Sports Composite—Peppers.
Will Michigan land both recruits from Paramus?
My answer is yes. Let me know what you think in the comments section.