When looking for defensive ends, Pitt usually looks for players that are long and athletic, which accurately describes Justin Beadles.
Beadles is a 6-foot-5, 205-pound junior from Sandy Creek High School in Tyrone, Georgia and yesterday, he received an offer from Archie Collins and Pitt. He became the 33rd junior from Georgia to get an offer from Pitt. Beadles also became the 3rd player from Sandy Creek High School to earn a Pitt offer: Beadles, three-star cornerback Joey Hunter and three-star defensive end Jordan Mitchell.
“My biggest strength is my length as a player and the speed to go after a player,” Beadles told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “I’m able to create a pass rush and get the quarterback.”
Pitt joins LSU, Mississippi State, Maryland, Missouri and Rutgers as programs that have offered Beadles.
“I’m enjoying the recruiting process,” he said. “I’m just taking my time and enjoying taking trips to visit the schools and seeing their campuses. I’m going to be looking at each program and looking to see where I would fit in and what I believe I can bring to the team. Also, my relationship with the coaching staff is going to be very important.”
As far as the Pitt staff goes, Beadles is getting recruited by Archie Collins, who gave him the news in person yesterday at his high school.
“We’ve been talking for a little while now and he came to the school yesterday and wanted to meet me in person. He told me that after evaluating my film, also how long I am, how quick I get off the ball, we want to offer you a scholarship,” said Beadles. “Coach Collins is a funny dude. When I talk to him, it’s like talking to one of the guys, He’s a real cool dude and just funny. Yesterday, when he came up to the school, we talked and he said some funny things and was joking around. I think he’d be a good coach to play for.”
Beadles said that he definitely will be making an upcoming visit to Pitt and wants to check things out. As far as something that he knows or stands out about Pitt, he answered very quickly by saying two words.
The two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year is someone that continues to be a great recruiting tool for the Pitt football program.