"I got my first offer from N.C. State about a month ago after their 7-on-7 camp," said the 6-foot-4, 280-pound Rush. "(N.C. State head coach) Coach (Dave) Doeren offered me as a tight end, but also mentioned me possibly playing on the defensive line. I was really excited."
Rush said he really enjoyed his time on the Wolfpack's campus.
"The coaching staff was really good," he said. "A lot of the players were also out there, too. They were all very friendly. It's also only about 10 minutes away from my house."
"I really like Coach Doeren and (offensive coordinator) Coach (Matt) Canada. I like that Coach Doeren gets straight to the point and doesn't beat around the bush. Coach Canada is the same way."
The Cary standout made a return trip to Raleigh on Monday.
"I took a tour today," he said. "It was great. I felt like I was at home. My favorite part was getting to walk out of the tunnel with the jersey and gloves on."
Rush said N.C. State is the only school recruiting him at this time and that he plans to be at every home game this fall. However, he said he also hoped to hear from Duke and East Carolina in the near future.
The talented two-way player will start at both tight end and defensive end this fall.
"I think I'll have a pretty big role this this season," he said. "We don't have a lot of size, but we have a lot of speed. I know the coaches expect a lot from me."
He has high goals for his upcoming season.
"We're trying to win a state championship," he said. "Individually, I want to try to get some more offers. I also want to keep getting bigger and faster. I also want to make first-team all-conference defense and offense."
Cary opens their season on August 23 against Broughton.