Offensive lineman says PSU right school for him

Penn State addressed another recruiting need on Saturday when the Nittany Lions received a verbal commitment from offensive lineman Noah Beh, a 6-foot-5, 245-pounder from Scranton Prep.

Beh is the 10th recruit in the Lions’ 2014 recruiting class but the first lineman. Penn State is believed to be looking to bring in one or two offensive linemen and one or two defensive linemen and still has five available scholarships because of NCAA penalties stemming from the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

Beh, who already had a scholarship offer, was in University Park for Penn State’s Advanced Skills Camp when he pulled the trigger on his commitment. Recruited by Penn State offensive line coach Mac McWhorter, Beh chose the Lions over Boston College and also had scholarship offers from UConn, Maryland, Pitt, Syracuse, Temple and Virginia.

“I have been looking at the big picture and every little thing about each school that recruited me. I just think Penn State is the right school for me,” Beh told the Scranton Times Tribune. “With Penn State only having a few scholarships to offer, it’s a great honor to have gotten one and being from Pennsylvania, this is important to me.

“I wouldn’t have made this decision if I didn’t weigh every option thoroughly.”

A consensus three-star recruit, Beh is expected to play offensive tackle at Penn State and is the 23rd-rated prospect in the country at that position according to 247Sports. However, Beh played guard for Scranton Prep, which averaged 206.2 rushing yards per game en route to winning the Eastern Conference Class AAA championship in 2012.

Beh also was first team Times Tribune all-region and first team all-Lackawanna Football Conference as a defensive end, where he registered a team-high 10 sacks and amassed 70 tackles, including 32 solos., in fact, ranks Beh as the 25th-best rising senior strongside defensive end in the country.

Penn State had offers out to some more highly-rated offensive tackles, like New Jersey’s Quenton Nelson and Tennessee’s Alex Bars, but they both committed to Notre Dame instead. The Lions also have been involved with Lackwanna College’s Jermaine Eluemunor but have cooled on the highly-ranked junior college OT according to multiple internet reports.

The Lions also are involved with Mount Lebanon offensive lineman Alex Bookser, whose teammate, Troy Apke, committed to Penn State in April. Bookser recently listed Penn State in his top eight colleges but is favoring Ohio State and Pitt.

Penn State could be on the verge of a couple of more commitments in the coming weeks from Baltimore cornerback Troy Vincent Jr. and Canadian quarterback Michael O’Connor.

– Philip Cmor