Rushing will make official visit

Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Cardinal Gibbons wide receiver George Rushing de-committed from Louisville on Tuesday, but tells Cardinal Authority that the Cardinals are still in play and that he'll make an official visit later this month.

Like many of Louisville's 2014 recruiting class, George Rushing of Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Cardinal Gibbons had shut down his recruiting since pledging to the Cardinals. The decision by Charlie Strong to depart to Texas put the committed recuits future with U of L into an uncertainty.

Rushing, a Miami native, announced on Tuesday that had de-committed from Louisville and would be considering other options. He turned to Twitter to announce his decision.

"I love the University of Louisville, Card Nation and everything about Louisville, but I have to make a business decision and de-commit from the University of Louisville," he posted on the social network. "I hope people respect my decision."

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound three-star wide receiver immediately began gaining attention from numerous schools following the departure of Strong. The new options and coaching change at U of L has made an impact that he didn't anticipate.

"I'm wide open right now," he told Cardinal Authority on Wednesday. "I am just trying to make the best decision for my future. It's a tough decision and an important one."

While de-committed, Rushing has not ruled out the possibility of remaining with his original plan.

"If they come after me, I'll listen," said Rushing, who was encouraged by former staff members Vance Bedford and Ron Dugans to stick with his U of L commitment the past two days.

Likely a priority call once the new coaching staff begins to take shape, Rushing should receive a call soon after Bobby Petrino is introduced as the Cardinals head coach on Thursday. He'll have an opportunity to sit down with the new staff when he makes his official visit on January 31.

In addition to his Louisville visit, Rushing now two additional officials scheduled. He'll trip to Wisconsin on January 17, followed a visit to LSU the next weekend.

Missouri and Wake Forest are also in play.

"I handle all the recruiting stuff on my own," he explained. "At the end of the day, it's a decision that will effect me for the rest of my life, so I should be the one making it."

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