October 15, 2010

Bush's team to play on ESPNU

Recruiting junkies may not know about Deon Bush yet, but the entire country will get a glimpse at Bush's Miami (Columbus), Fla., team on television Friday evening.

"We play tomorrow on TV," Bush said of his Columbus team. "So, you can check us out on ESPNU."

Columbus plays Northwestern, a team possessing plenty of D-1 talent in Rivals.com 4-star quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and 3-star receiver Eli Rogers -- a pair of Miami (FL) commits. Columbus can boast of talent, too, with 2011 graduates Tacoi Sumler and Anthony Rabasa, Oregon and Notre Dame commits, respectively.

Bush, a 2012 graduate, is a 6-foot-1, 179-pound safety prospect who occasionally (albeit rarely) moonlights on offense.

"Tomorrow I'm playing receiver, but I don't play receiver usually," Bush noted. "Because we run through the other teams, it's just that we play against Northwestern this week."

Bush's older brother, Gary Bush, is a redshirt freshman at Purdue who's helping his sibling through the ups and downs of recruiting.

"He tells me to look at the schools early before I go," Bush said. "Make sure the coaches have a good vibe and take my time with my decision."

One school that Bush has checked out is Ole Miss, and the Rebels (along with Florida International) have already extended a scholarship offer.

"I like Ole Miss," Bush noted. "It's a real good school. I visited the campus this summer, it was a real nice place to be."

Ole Miss recruiting coordinator Chris Vaughn visited the Miami area during Ole Miss' idle week as he checked up on Rebel commitments Gerrod Holliman and Andrew Johnson, and some other Miami-area prospects. Bush "saw (Vaughn) at a game, but I didn't really get to talk to him."

Bush has "one interception that I took back (for a touchdown) and probably about 15, 16 tackles," despite missing some time with a minor shoulder injury.

The 2012 graduate has played on the varsity squad since the third game of his freshman year

"Freshman year I played two games on the freshman team and then I moved up," Bush said. "It was too easy so I went to varsity and I got a lot of playing time."

Bush noted his excitement to play in front of a national audience and attributed his early successes to the plethora of talent in the Miami area.

"You get used to playing talent like every week, because it's always a good team that we play and it makes you better.

I think it's because we play football basically year round down here. Basketball's not a big sport, so basketball season most people are getting ready for football and working out, and track is a big thing down here, too.

As a sophomore, Bush collected 47 tackles and two interceptions.

Florida, Rutgers, Oregon, Purdue, Ole Miss, North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and Boston College are also in on Bush's recruitment.

A new NCAA rule keeps prospects from receiving written scholarship offers until the August of their senior season. Bush learned of the rule only recently.

"I didn't know about it until the other day," Bush admitted. "It made me feel a little bit relieved (to hear about the rule), but I tried not to worry about that right now. I have to do well first and then let the offer come to me if it's meant to be.

"I play aggressive and even though I can cover, I can also come up and make a tackle, plus good man coverage, but I still have to improve."

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