Marcus Rush Names a Leader

The Wolverines have hosted numerous prospects for their junior day and early spring practices. Besides garnering some commits, it got others thinking hard and long about the Maize and Blue -- including a certain Cincinnati defensive end.

Marcus Rush was one of the many prospects that headed to Ann Arbor to check out their junior day and first day of spring practice. The Wolverines did pull in a couple of commits that weekend, but Rush wasn't one of them. However, it did put the Wolverines in a strong position when Coach Rodriguez extended a scholarship offer to the Cincinnati Moeller product.

"Well I wasn't expecting the offer at all," Rush recalled to GoBlueWolverine. "I was there watching spring practice. We were a little late to get there, so I missed the majority of the junior day on Friday. When we got there, we were just watching spring practice and the coaches were in a rush to get everything organized so I wasn't really expecting anything other than to just watch practice and get a feel for Michigan. We were just getting kind of tired sitting there, so we asked some of the coaches if they had any more for us, and they said to sit tight, because they wanted us to talk to Coach Rodriguez. He pulled me aside and offered me, so I was really excited at that point."

The offer definitely excited Rush to such an extent that the Wolverines are starting to pull away in his recruitment.

"They're definitely at the top right now," Rush told GBW.

"I really liked what I saw from Michigan… just the whole campus and everything. They are just the number one school right now."

While quite a number of recruits are afraid to show their hand this early in the recruiting process, Rush wasn't. He elaborated on how the way Michigan ran things has them sitting on top of his pedestal right now.

"I saw the practices. They run similar periods that Moeller does, and I was pretty surprised by that, but it was pretty cool. What I liked the most was just how everything was high tempo, and you could tell it was so competitive. And after the practice, no one was tired. They were just all happy and jumping around."

Those memories, combined with his feelings on the Wolverines, have him thinking hard and pining for his next visit to the Great Lakes State.

"Maybe this next weekend or the weekend after… I want to get a feel for the school and see the stadium and stuff. I hope for sure I can make the Spring Game too."

The final question at this stage for Rush, is when a decision could be forthcoming, especially after waxing poetically about his leader. While Michigan is sitting in an advantageous position, there is still one more school trying to make up ground before Rush decides.

"I'm also looking at Virginia really hard right now. But I am going to come up again (to Michigan) and just see some things. And I'm definitely going to commit to a school before my senior season."

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