Cushing Still Talking to Michigan

To paraphrase a statment about the Michigan weather, if you don't like the recruiting news, wait 10 minutes. That seems to be the case with Bergen Catholic linebacker <b>Brian Cushing</b>. The Oradell, N.J. standout had high praise for the Wolverines prior to his visit to Ann Arbor for Junior Day. When an offer didn't materialize Michigan all but disappeared from his list. Did a chat today with a Michigan coach bring the Wolverines back into the picture?

"I talked to Coach Sheridan today," Brian Cushing said. "Michigan isn't really sure where they want me to play, either linebacker or safety, I really don't care where I play, to tell you the truth." The 6 foot 3, 222 pound Cushing has been described by Bergen Catholic Head Coach Fred Stengle as, "The best player I've ever coached." Stengel told GoBlueWolverine Magazine in March that if Cushing stayed at his current weight he could see him at the safety position in college, but, "If he bulks up to 250-260 lbs. he'll play linebacker."

Cushing reports 12 offers now and lists his top schools as Stanford and Boston College, with USC in the third spot. The Cardinal and Eagles are the only ones in that group that have extended an offer. Was an offer discussed today? "They (The Michigan coaches) have said they want me to come to camp before they'll offer," Cushing said. "Right now I'm not sure if I'll go to the Michigan camp, I may not have time. To be honest, Michigan has dropped but I'm still thinking about them, so we'll see."

Cushing plays first base for the Bergen Catholic baseball squad, and they have started off the year 2-0. "Baseball is really going to take up a lot of my time this spring," he said. "I won't be going to any practices or spring games because of it. This summer, when I go out to Stanford for a visit, I'm going to go see USC as well."

At one time Cushing stated he would like to get the recruiting process over with before the craziness started, that was also the time he expected a Wolverine offer. Now that one isn't on the table his timeline has changed. "I'm not sure, really," he said. I could decide at any time, it could be right now or it could be the first week in February during National Signing Day."

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