Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Cardinal Gibbons wide receiver George Rushing wanted to attend the University of Louisville long before the football staff extended a scholarship offer his way on Thursday afternoon.
"Growing up I played basketball and football and I always watched Louisville basketball," Rushing said. "Once I started high school, I played football. I didn't care if it was for basketball or football, I always wanted to go to Louisville."
Now, Rushing gets his chance.
One day after picking up the offer – his 30th overall from schools all over the country – the 6-foot-1, 180-pound three-star wide receiver called U of L coach Charlie Strong and have him a verbal commitment.
"I just always loved Louisville," Rushing said. "And then watching them in the Sugar Bowl and the was they played, I knew they were going to win.
"I watched them and they played a great game. It's the place for me."
Rushing is the 12th commitment in the Class of 2014 for Louisville, including seven from the state of Florida. The Cardinals have a ton of players from South Florida on the roster, which Rushing said was a major boost.
"I know people up there that are from down here," he said. "Being surrounded by people that can relate to me and grew up around what I grew up around is also big for me. It really helped make me feel comfortable."
Cardinal Gibbons finished 8-2 last season and Rushing hauled in 26 passes for 549 yards and nine touchdowns. He's also played some safety for the Chiefs, who will be led by Washington State quarterback commitment Peyton Bender and one of the top 50 wide receivers in the country – Trevon Lee, who also has a U of L offer.
"It's been pretty cool (since he committed on Friday night)," Rushing said. "I've heard from a lot of people, but I still have work to put in.
"I just finished a work out. I have to outwork whoever else is out there."
Rushing said he hopes the U of L fans will like what he brings to the table, including "a lot of heart and a big-time playmaker."
"I'm not scared to go across the middle and make plays," he said. "You can measure height and weight, but you can't measure heart.
"I have a lot of heart."
Rushing also has a lot of friends and said he would start recruiting other players in his area that are being looked at by U of L.
When asked the players he might lean on, Rushing said "Soon you will see. You'll see."