Visit Impresses Bush

Rutgers commitment Malcolm Bush was among the recruits that unofficially visited North Carolina over the weekend.

"Basically, UNC has been recruiting me for a while," Bush said. "I just wanted to come down to a game, see the environment, and see how it was down there."

Bush, a 6-foot-3, 211-pound tight end from Hackensack (N.J.), verbally committed to Rutgers in mid-June. However, he considers the commitment "soft."

Bush, who was making his first visit to UNC, flew in on Saturday morning. They departed Sunday afternoon. When the two weren't on campus, they stayed with family in Raleigh.

"I really liked it down there," Bush said of Chapel Hill. "It was a nice environment. They won a big game, so that was cool. It was just everything about UNC football. The whole stadium was full, too. It was nice down there."

Bush was especially impressed by the game-time atmosphere of Kenan Stadium.

"Everybody was behind the team," Bush said. "You just felt that UNC was going to win no matter what, because of the crowd."

During the visit, Bush, a big basketball fan, received an opportunity to speak with Roy Williams.

"It's nice to know the basketball coach is behind the football team," Bush said.

Bush and his father ended their visit by meeting with Butch Davis in his office.

"[He discussed] just the opportunity I would have if I came there," Bush said. "His history with tight ends is outstanding – he's sent a lot of tight ends to the NFL. And he sent 29 players in the first round [of the NFL draft] – that's pretty big. Basically, he just expressed to me how much they would like for me to come to UNC."

Davis also discussed UNC's offense, which utilizes two tight ends – a true on-line tight end and a hybrid back – and how he envisions incorporating Bush into it.

"Basically, he said that they would like to spread me out a lot, catch the ball a lot, run a lot of routes," Bush said. "He didn't specify whether it would be the h-back or the y-tight end, but he definitely expressed that he wants me to catch a lot of passes, not so much blocking – mainly a big receiver."

Bush has started at tight end for Hackensack since his sophomore season. As a junior, he caught 17 passes for 277 yards and two touchdowns. Thus far this season, he has caught ten passes for 200 yards and a touchdown. He also starts at weak-side linebacker.

Davis and John Lovett, Bush's primary recruiter, also talked about setting up an official visit.

"I'll be taking an official [visit] during basketball season," Bush said.

Additionally, Bush says he'll definitely schedule official visits to Pittsburgh and Rutgers, and is also considering Iowa for an official trip. He figures to take a fifth visit, but isn't sure of the destination.

Bush's experiences over the weekend have set the table for the remainder of his recruitment.

"[The visit] just lets me weigh my options, compare UNC and Rutgers a little bit," Bush said. "It keeps [my commitment] as a soft verbal, so I'll still be looking around a little bit.

"I really, really like UNC, though. I like it a lot."

Bush believes his college destination won't be finalized until Signing Day.

"I'll be looking at location, the coaching staff has to be pretty good, they've got to be in a good situation for the next couple of years, and a school that is in need of a tight end – like UNC," Bush said.

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