At The Combine: Dusty Rust

Many of the young men strutting their stuff in last Saturday's Combine on the Alabama campus were trying to improve their stock among college recruiters. And for an upcoming senior without an offer, that's particularly important.

Dusty Rust–that's his real name–is a 6-3, 200-pound outside linebacker/safety prospect from Captain Shreve High School in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Last Saturday he was one of some 250 outstanding prep players participating in the Combine, one of a handful of such events nationwide. The prestigious combine attracts not only outstanding players, but also college coaches watching for upcoming prospects. Alabama Head Coach Mike Shula was among those in attendance on the Bama practice fields.

"I'm here trying to impress the coaches," Rust said. "I don't have any offers yet. I want to be seen."

Rust said that he grew up an LSU fan. "Almost everyone growing up in Louisiana is an LSU fan because it's the only big program," he said. "You wouldn't really grow up wanting to play for Louisiana Tech or something." LSU is about two and a half hours from his home.

He said he would be interested particularly in Arkansas, LSU, Memphis, "and, of course, Alabama."

Rust will be a starter for the third consecutive year this season. "We had our best season in a while last year when we went 9-3 and reached the second round of the state playoffs," he said. As a junior Rust was in on 120 tackles, had five sacks, and turned in two interceptions.

Rust said the Combine gave him his first opportunity to visit Alabama. "This is nice," he said. He also said it wouldn't be his last visit. He plans to attend the Mike Shula Football Camp in June.

And, he hopes, attract a scholarship offer.

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