Rush Has A Plan

Anthony Rush knows when he wants to make a verbal commitment and to which school he wants to verbally commit.

“I want to commit on Senior Night,” the 6-foot-4, 307-pound defensive lineman said.

Cary (N.C.) High’s senior night is Nov. 7 when the Imps host Raleigh (N.C.) Athens Drive.

As for where he will make a commitment to, Rush doesn’t want the identity of his leader public.

In the meantime, Rush will continue visiting schools to confirm his decision, while also working on his academic situation. He has work to do in the classroom before the NCAA Clearinghouse will deem him qualified.

“I’m just making sure I finish it out really strong this semester,” Rush said. “After this semester, I’ll be checking my NCAA eligibility. I just want to make sure everything is all good [academically] before I say, ‘Oh here’ and then not be able to go.”

Rush says his test scores (SAT/ACT) are fine, but he needs to improve his core GPA.

“I’m doing pretty well this semester,” Rush said. “… I have all A’s right now and I want to keep it like that.”

Rush lists Clemson, Kentucky, and North Carolina as his top three schools.

“They all just have good fan bases, good academics, a place where I feel like I’m at home,” Rush said. “I walk into UNC, get my name tag, and they just say, ‘Here you go Anthony.’ I don’t even have to go through the line. That’s cool. The fans know you – ‘Come to UNC, come to UNC.’ I like that. They do that at all of them.”

“I look at the defenses and say, ‘I can see myself here’ or ‘I can see myself doing this or doing that.’

“You know that ‘Smart, Fast, Physical’ halftime thing they did? I dream about being on that. That was so cool.”

An experience at UNC is so fresh on Rush’s mind because he attended the Tar Heels’ season opener on Saturday.

“It was great,” Rush said. “The stands were packed. I got a couple pictures with the fans. I saw all the other recruits there that I interact with on Twitter. We met up and talked a little bit.”

Specifically, Rush spoke with Jalen Dalton, and UNC pledges Juval Mollette and Anthony Ratliff.

“We all talk in general about football here and there, and we talk about how we did in a game, or what hits we had,” Rush said. “Recruiting is kind of stressful, so we try to get away from that.”

Rush says that he loved the atmosphere of Kenan Stadium.

“It was pretty live,” Rush said. “People were staying until the very, very end. I liked that. It was really loud in there. I liked how the defense turned it up a notch to finish [Liberty] off. It was a great game.”

Rush showed up late and had to leave before the game ended. Thus, he was unable to speak to any of UNC’s coaches on Saturday.

However, he says the he regularly speaks with UNC assistant coaches Keith Gilmore and Ron West. West recruits Wake County for UNC, while Gilmore is the Tar Heels’ defensive line coach.

“They just said to make sure I finish off strong [academically],” Rush said. “They calculated my grades to make sure I come up right on the mark where I need it to be.”

According to Rush, UNC believes he could play all three down lineman positions within its 4-2-5 defensive scheme , even though he’s currently tipping the scales at 307 pounds.

“I’m going to drop [my weight] down,” Rush said. “I always lose a lot of weight during football season.”

It has been difficult for Rush to drop weight this season, because he has yet to play in any of Cary’s games.

“I actually have been at the games, but I haven’t played at all, because of family issue type things” Rush said. “But I come back on [Sept.] 26 against Green Hope.”

Rush plans which college game he’ll attend each week, but hopes to schedule trips to Clemson and Kentucky very soon. This weekend he’ll make the short trip to Raleigh for NC State versus Old Dominion.

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