Juwaan Bushell-Beatty, 4-star offensive tackle, has committed to Michigan, per reports. This is tremendous news for Wolverines fans, as head coach Brady Hoke and the Michigan program continue to dominate on the recruiting trail.
Bushell-Beaty is 6'7'', 310 pounds, so the word massive certainly applies here, and he's ranked as the No. 25 offensive tackle in the 2014 class according to the 247Sports Composite.
Frankly, he has the potential to be much better than that.
Tom VanHaaren of ESPN.com reported on the commitment via the WolverineNation board: "OL Juwann Bushell-Beatty has committed to Michigan per his coach."
VanHaaren tweeted that he was on the phone with Bushell-Beatty's coach when the commitment happened:
I just happened to be on the phone with Bushell-Beatty's coach when he committed. Talking about something else.— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) April 29, 2013
This commitment is big for Michigan for numerous reasons, the first being JBB's size. It's been said a million times by a million different football minds, but it's worth repeating right now: The two things that a coach cannot teach are size and speed.
Bushell-Beatty definitely falls under the size category.
He'll be able to match up with the biggest defensive ends in the country at the college level. His height will allow him to combat their length (a defensive end's best friend) and at 310 pounds, he'll be more than able to control the line of scrimmage and hold his own.
Give him a year or two to work with Michigan's coaching staff on technique and game speed, and he has the chance to be good for the Wolverines.
Adam Friedman of Rivals had this to say about Bushell-Beatty via Twitter:
JBB's upside is huge. He is a nasty lineman with great strength & work ethic. Could a star on the continually improving o-line in Ann Arbor— Adam Friedman (@Rivalsfriedman) April 29, 2013
As far as talent is concerned, it's obvious that there's a lot to look forward to.
The other big factor to consider here is Bushell-Beatty's connection to another Michigan target, 5-star athlete/cornerback Jabrill Peppers. The two are teammates at Paramus Catholic, and there has been some talk about playing together (Jared Shanker/ESPN).
In fact, VanHaaren stated that this will help Michigan in regard to recruiting Peppers, per the WolverineNation board: "This commitment will help with his teammate Jabrill Peppers, too."
If you're a Michigan fan, there's a lot to be excited about, and that excitement should start on the recruiting trail. Hoke and his staff have done a masterful job so far, but their best days may still be in front of them.