It’s been two weeks since Penn State held their Class of 2014 Junior Day that resulted in 4 new scholarship offers, and 2 new verbal commitments. One of those offers was Scranton, PA OL/DL Noah Beh, who has really emerged as one of the better line prospects in Pennsylvania this year.
While Noah is listed as a defensive lineman by the major scouting services, and not yet ranked by 247, PSU and Mac McWhorter are definitely pursuing him as an offensive lineman. A 6’7″ body would seem to indicate that would be a prudent move. A quick look at his sophomore year highlights (which focus on his defenisve prowess) shows his overall athleticism, which would seem to translate well to either side of the line.
The Penn State staff will be very picky this year with the offensive line, as the overall depth appears to be in good shape, at least when the NCAA sanctioned 65 scholarship limit takes effect. Beh is one of just a few prospects offered at this point, and conventional wisdom would seem to indicate that once the first or possibly second player commit, that will be it for this class. That’s definitely something to keep an eye on in the coming weeks.
Another note to keep in mind as we look at the overall rankings for offensive line prospects in particular, the top 3 tackle prospects in this year’s NFL Draft had 4 stars, 2 stars and 0 stars out of high school. More than any other position on the field, evaluating the potential of a high school lineman is extremely difficult. Your average elite high school lineman is just flat out bigger and stronger than his opposition. By the time they reach college, they are going up against players on the other side just as big and talented as they are, bringing work ethic and other intangibles into play.
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