While undersized, the trio featured plenty of moxy and talent.
Still, the Seminoles could be stronger and more talented at linebacker this season. Returning vets Sam McGrew, A.J. Nicholson, Buster Davis, Marcello Church and Ray Piquion give linebackers coach Kevin Steele a quality core.
And let's not forget Ernie Sims, a solid combination of strength and speed.
During last year's recruiting process, Steele wanted to focus on diversity. He looked for linebackers who boasted speed and athletic talent, a combo that gave the Seminoles needed flexibility on the edges.
The Seminoles also landed a fourth linebacker in Barry Wright,who played just one season at Coffeyville (Kan.) Junior College.
While time will determine if any of the new linebackers will be ready to contribute this season, Steele continues to focus on his position during this year's recruting process.
"I got two big ones just recently," Cushing told The Insiders.
"Miami and Florida State both offered. Florida State actually came by the school and offered me on the spot. Then my coach called me in the other day and said that Miami's linebackers coach, Hargreaves, called to offer me a scholarship."
Cushing, however, was pleased to receive an offer from the Seminoles.
"They love how I play and say I'd fit in great down there at safety or outside linebacker," he said recently. "This is awesome. It means a lot."