April 11, 2008

Bush hoping for an OSU offer

Hackensack (N.J.) high school junior tight end Malcolm Bush may not have any written offers at this point of his recruitment, but that hasn't stopped him from formulating a list of schools he would prefer to go to.

The 6-foot-6, 237-pound tight end has received verbal offers from a collection of schools - including Florida, Clemson, and Rutgers - but Ohio State has shown strong interest and is a school that he continues to keep on his radar.

"I haven't heard from Ohio State, but they have shown a lot of interest. I would like them to show more though, (and) an offer would be nice," Bush said. "I have been getting a lot of mail, a lot of e-mails, and I have seen a lot of stuff posted in forums and websites.

"Actually, I am very interested in Ohio State and they got Terrelle Pryor so that's a plus. That would be a nice fit for me, Ohio State."

If Ohio State were to give Bush an offer, he said he would place the Buckeyes in his top four choices, if not better.

"They would probably be up there at the top," Bush said of a prospective offer from Ohio State. "Right now I would say they would be up there with Florida, Clemson, and Rutgers."

Before drawing the attention he currently is receiving, Bush envisioned himself going somewhere close to home like Rutgers, Boston College, or Virginia. But now that larger schools such as Florida and Ohio State are showing interest, he is excited to keep all of his options open.

"I didn't think I would be getting interest from Ohio State," Bush said. "It is a good feeling that a big-time school like Ohio State is interested in me."

Malcolm Jenkins, current Ohio State standout cornerback with All-American potential, is from nearby Piscataway, N.J., which is something that Bush has thought about in terms of possible success in the Buckeyes' system.

Bush, like all other recruits in the early stages of recruitment, is still feeling out schools and deciding which places he feels most comfortable.

"(Jenkins' success) obviously shows that I have the chance to do that also," Bush said. "I am looking for a school with a lot prestige, good academics, and (that is) in a nice location and a coaching staff that I can feel comfortable with and that I know they are looking out for me at all times."

Bush said he feels underutilized in his high school's passing attack, due to some weakness at his team's quarterback position, which has allowed him to become a more proficient blocker. However, he said schools with established quarterbacks or highly touted recruits at the signal-caller position are more enticing.

He cited Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor and Florida's Tim Tebow as examples.

"I have been doing a lot of blocking because we have a lack at the quarterback position. I have been to camps and combines so basically all the coaches know I can catch, so that is not a problem," Bush said. "It is a big deal to know that your quarterback is a solid player and you know that he is going to come through for you."

Bush will take a visit to Clemson Saturday for its Spring Game, but he still is looking forward to hearing from as many schools that are interested.

"I have a whole bunch of verbal offers, but it is kind of frustrating that I don't have any written ones yet," Bush said.

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