In a way, getting a scholarship offer has become old hat for Central Catholic’s AJ Beatty.
The rising Western Pennsylvania recruit is up to 30 offers now but it’s his most recent one that really stood out.
While making a unofficial visit on Saturday, Beatty received his latest offer from Neal Brown and West Virginia and the whole experience in Morgantown definitely made an impression on him.
“Probably the most impressive thing to me, because I’ve never seen it in person and only heard about it, was the weight room,” said Beatty told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “It was just so massive, I’ve never seen anything so big. I can’t really explain how big it was. They have everything in there that a player would need. Another impressive thing to me was the football stadium, it was sweet the way it was set up.”
Beatty also told me that his lead recruiter from West Virginia will be outside linebackers coach Al Pogue, someone that made a great first impression on him.
“He was so cool. He coached before at Auburn and was talking about the “kick six” and just had a lot of interesting stories. Right from the start, I could really relate with him and I know what a great coach he is, he really knows what he’s talking about and has coached a lot of great players in the past. His personality is, I don’t know exactly how to put it, but he’s so funny.”
“I also had a long talk with Coach Brown and he told me how my on-field performance stood out and the effort that I always showed on film,” said Beatty.
Up next for Beatty is a trip to Penn State on March 30.
As the offers continue to come in, Beatty already realizes that eventually coming to a final decision is going to be more difficult that he originally imagined.
“Yes, 100%. Every time you see a school, they seem to have one thing that another school doesn’t. At the end, I’m just going to have to weigh the pros and cons of each school and make a choice which I’m not ready to.”