Max Busher Attends Iowa Junior Day

The 2009 recruiting class has only just recently been put to bed, but the Iowa coaching staff is several months into evaluating next year's crop. They recently held a Junior Day in Iowa City, and Max Busher of Minnesota was one of the prospects in attendance...

Rosemount, MN linebacker product Max Busher is hoping that last year's success for the Irish just the beginning. His team played at a very high level – going 11-2 and making it to the Metrodome, which is reserved for semi-finalists only.

"We got to play in the Dome." Busher said. "The team we played, Wayzeta, is a very good team. They ended up winning it all. But we return a lot of good players."

Busher is a defensive standout for Coach Jeff Erdmann.  He has started every game the past two seasons, and recorded 210 tackles. Max has also been a menace to quarterbacks in the pocket, as he has sacked 12 signal callers in the same time span.

"I feel I have good linebacker skills." Max states. "My lateral movement is pretty good.  I am a hard hitter, and get across the line well."

The 6'1", 215 pound Busher is a back-to-back All-Lake Conference First Team member. He reports running a 4.7 in the 40-yard dash.

Recently, Max had the chance to be a part of Junior Day in Iowa City. He came away very impressed with the University of Iowa campus, facilities, and coaching staff.

"I really liked it there (Iowa City)," says Busher. "The staff and facilities were awesome. But, I want to keep all my options open heading into my senior season.

To date, Busher has not been extended an offer from any programs. He has seen interest  come from Iowa, Minnesota, and numerous Division II schools in the state of Minnesota.

No matter what happens on the recruiting trail in the next 12 months, he is excited about the 2009 Irish football season.

"We have a good group of juniors coming in," he says. "We also have a lot of good players returning. I don't see why we can't continue our success next year." 

What is the status of your recruitment?

Right now I think I am really checking out some of my opportunities and where I can go. I was just down at the junior day in Iowa. I really liked it there. The coaching staff and facilities were awesome. Overall, I just want to keep my options open going into my senior year.

Tell us what some of the options may be at the present time.

I have not been offered by anyone, yet. But, I have talked to a couple schools like Minnesota and Iowa. A lot of the Division II schools in Minnesota have talked to me. I just got my highlight tape sent out. So I hoping I get feedback on some of those. I am waiting for some of the schools to get the highlight tape. I will talk to them from there.

At Iowa's junior day, which coaches did you speak with?

I got the chance to speak with all of them, actually. It was pretty cool. They were really nice, and treat you well down there. It (the visit) was awesome.

Which position are you being recruited at?

I think just at linebacker – like in high school. I am not sure if I will play something else in college. So, I think just at linebacker.

What are you strengths at the position?

I have good linebacker sense, and feel for the ball. I think that my lateral movement, across the line, is pretty good. I am a hard hitter.

You mentioned wrestling, previously – so how is your season going thus far?

I was out for a little bit right away. You know, though, in wrestling, that victories can be hard to come by right away. But, I am 20-5 overall. It is going pretty well. Sections are this week, there are two of them. Individual sections are next weekend.

Do you have big plans for the end of this wrestling season?

Hopefully, I will get to state. Yeah. I am planning out in. I know that I can do it if I work hard and have a good day on the mats. After that, I will basically train for football. I want to get my weight back up to 215-220 by the season. And, I want to build my strength back up.

How is your high school team going to be next season?

We will be pretty good. Last year, we got to play in the (Metro)Dome. We got to the state semifinals and lost to Wayzeta. They were a good time, who ended up winning it. I don't see why we cannot continue our success next year. We have a lot of good, strong incoming juniors. We have a lot of returning players, too. 


Sophomore (2007) stats/awards: 
86 Total Tackles, 13 Tackles for loss, 7 sacks, 1 INT 
Junior (2008) stats/ awards: 
115 total tackles, 9 tackles for loss, 3 INT 
All-Conference, Team Captain, 2nd Team All-Metro, All-State Honorable Mention 
Senior (upcoming 2009)- Team Captain


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