Bergen Head Coach Talks About Brian Cushing

GoBlueWolverine Magazine received a call Monday afternoon from the head football coach at Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell, N.J. and he had some very interesting, and a bit surprising, things to say about his star player, linebacker <b>Brian Cushing</b>.

"Well, simply, he's the best player I've ever coached," Bergen Catholic Head Coach Fred Stengal said of his star player, Brian Cushing. "There really isn't much he can't do. He plays linebacker, wide receiver, tailback, anywhere I need him. If he stays at the weight he's at now I see him as a safety in college, if he bulks up to 250-260 pounds he'll play linebacker. He has awesome skills and will do well at the next level."

The Bergen Catholic Head Coach said that Brian is getting a lot of attention, but it's still too early to know what he is going to do. "You know kids," he said, "they can change their mind every day. But he really likes Michigan and Stanford. He's liked Michigan all his life and you can't go wrong with that program."

Stengal said he was almost certain Cushing would be attending Junior Day at Michigan this coming weekend. Though Cushing doesn't have an offer at this time, Stengal said they are working on getting some tape up to the Michigan coaches so they can evaluate Cushing further.

Bergen Catholic went up against powerhouse Don Bosco Prep in the New Jersey State Football Championships last season, and Cushing played a pivital role, though he almost sat out the game. "He was hurt," Stengal said. "He banged up his knee and I wasn't sure I was going to play him in that game. But we did and he went out and had a great game." Cushing recorded 19 tackles in the game and forced Bosco running back Brian Toal to fumble twice.

What is in store for Cushing this coming season? "We'll probably use him more on offense this year," Stengal said. "We have a great tailback but Brian will give us an additional option to mix things up."

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