The product of Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Cardinal Gibbons saw his season fall short of reaching the state championship, but the 6-foot-2, 190-pound wideout had an impressive senior campaign that ended in the Regional Quarterfinal.
"I think it went pretty good," said Rushing, who established a new school record for touchdown receptions. "I know I played my heart out and I did everything that I could. I did my job. 18 touchdowns speaks for itself."
Rushing missed the majority of his Senior Night game due to a hip-pointer and was "85 to 90 percent" for the playoff loss.
"I played my hardest," he explained. "I was hurting. I didn't want to let my team down. They double teamed me the entire game. They put two corners on me and made sure that I didn't get the ball.
His original plans were to enroll early at the University of Louisville this January, but early graduation is not available at the private school that he attends.
With football over he has turned his focus to improving his speed, footwork and techiniques.
"I started training with a guy with Tony Sands," he said. "I started doing boxing, ballet and yoga."
He's kept a close eye on his future team. He was in attendance for the Cardinals win at South Florida and watched them as often as possible.
"I think that one UCF game was a fluke if you want my honest opinion," he said. "They've been playing good all season. UCF has been getting lucky this whole season and nothing that you can really do about that."
"I think with the bowl game coming up they'll make up for it and this game with Cincinnati should be pretty big."
Of course, when Rushing begins preparing for his freshman season, Louisville will be a new member of the ACC.
"I can't wait," he said. "I don't really care about the competition, I just can't want to play."