Petrino assures Cushing he's staying

Bergen (NJ) Catholic standout Brian Cushing recently spoke with Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino and was assured that he was remaining at the helm of the Cardinals.

With Bergen (NJ) Catholic's Brian Cushing set to officially visit Louisville in December, the 6-foot-3, 230-pound two-way star wanted to know if he should be concerned about the coaching rumors surrounding U of L head coach Bobby Petrino.

Last Thursday, prior to the Cardinals taking the field at the Liberty Bowl to face C-USA rival Memphis, Coach Petrino called Cushing and spent 20 minutes talking about the direction of the Louisville program and that he has every intention to remain at the helm.

"He called before the game," Cushing told Inside the Ville. "He's the only coach that does that. He's willing to make that sacrifice."

Once on the phone with Coach Petrino, the 5-star prospect didn't waste any time addressing his concern about the rumors.

"I asked him about it right away," said Cushing. "I needed to know that I didn't need to worry about him leaving. If I come to Louisville I want to know that he'll be there. He told that he was staying, that his family really liked it there. It was really cool that he was able to be honest with me."

While Louisville continues to remain his only scheduled official visit, Cushing did say that will take all five of his official visits.

"Besides Louisville, I'm going to visit Miami, USC, Notre Dame and Virginia," said Cushing, who made an unofficial visit to Notre Dame a few weeks ago.

Since recovering from an ankle injury from earlier in the season, Cushing has started display his abilities on both sides of the ball. This past weekend, in a 56-42 win over St. Joesph's, one of Jersey's top programs, Cushing had onlookers left amazed.

In the game, Cushing racked up over 300 yards of total offense and totaled 13 tackles on defense. He was used as the feature back and gained 114 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries, while also returning a kickoff 78-yards for another score.

"It feels great to have a game like that," explained Cushing. "It's a game that I've dreamed of having. It's just that time of year that you can shine, because if you lose you go home."

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