Latest Nebraska offer to a NJ linebacker

Nebraska has offered another Garden State prospect. This time though it is to one of the top defenisve players in the state. The Nebraska offer wasn't totally expected, but Nebraska is doing a great job of following up the offer.

With Brian Cushing you have someone that is deceptively fast and you also have a hitter regardless at which you position you line him up at. In high school as a sophomore he played safety. Now one could say that the defense centers on Cushing.

"In passing situations I will be before the hashes dropping off into coverage. On first and second downs I will be on the line of scrimmage somewhere," Cushing said.

That's obvious by looking at Brian's stats last year. He had 120 tackles, 10 sacks and seven interceptions as a junior playing for Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell, N.J.

Colleges are seeing that playmaker that Brian is at the high school level translating to being a division one prospect. Recently Brian just hauled in offer No. 13.

"When you look back at all of the offers as the ones that stood out you have to think about the first one. I was offered first by Rutgers. Then you have to look at Stanford, Boston College, Virginia Tech, Virginia and my most recent offer of Nebraska."

"That offer from Nebraska means a lot considering their tradition. They weren't the earliest to offer me, but they did recognize me pretty early. I am a month away from finishing my junior year."

And recognizing Cushing isn't tough when it comes to seeing him on the football field. He comes in at 6-foot-3 and a shade under 230 pounds and still can cover the 40-yard dash in 4.45 seconds.

"My speed is my biggest strength. Most people think that I am an inside linebacker when they see me, but then they see me line up at safety. People don't think that I have the speed to play the position and then they are surprised. Then they don't think that I can hit and then I show them how hard I can hit."

Cushing doubled as a wide receiver last year as well hauling in 13 receptions for 456 yards and seven touchdowns. He earned first team all-state honors as a junior and was also named Bergen County defensive player of the year.

Cushing has all that you look for in a linebacker. He has the speed, the intelligence, the ability to drop back into coverage as well as rush the passer. What will a school need to offer to have all that he is looking for?

"First is the academics. That is very important to me. Then I will take a look at the fields of study that a school has to offer. I will have to look into that a little. I am not sure what I want to major in for sure right now."

"I'll then look at the football team and the program. I want to know that they are going to win and I will also look at playing time. I want to be able to make an impact on the team that I am going to play for."

Distance doesn't seem to be a factor in Brian's decision. He knows that he has to make the best possible decision for him and his family.

The only semi-set plans for Cushing this summer include plans to camp at Boston College. There is not a date set to make a decision on a commitment and it may have been that he wanted to get an early commitment in, but it just doesn't seem possible now.

"I don't think that I am going to make all of my trips until after the season now. If I had to take my five officials now I would go to Stanford, USC, Ohio State, Boston College and Nebraska. I would really consider visiting Nebraska now."

"They weren't the first to offer me and it came as a bit of a shock, but they are showing me a lot of interest. I got eight hand-written letters from them the other day in a FedEx package that they sent to my coach. That is comforting."

"I know that Coach Bill Callahan is there now and he has plenty of NFL experience. I know that all of the assistant coaches know what they are doing as well. This is Nebraska too so it's not re-building. They'll be back."

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