When Peter Bush made a Midwest camp tour last summer he earned preferred walk-on opportunities at Illinois, Michigan and Notre Dame.
The 6-foot-2, 205-pound athlete from Corona Del Mar High School in Newport Beach, Calif., returned to South Bend for Notre Dame’s game against USC earlier this month. That follow-up may be what gets the Irish over the top for its next preferred walk-on.
“I was out there last year for the Michigan game and that was a lot of fun, but this was an incredible trip,” Bush said. “I got to see my brother and be with the family and the recruits. It was just incredible.”
Bush’s brother Sam is a sophomore walk-on offensive lineman at Notre Dame.
“He just loves it,” Bush said. “He says it’s the most incredible place. He loves all the classes he takes and he said the biggest thing is the people he has met there are fantastic. It’s good to know that other than a good football program it has a good student body.”
The combination of academics and athletics, along with the family atmosphere on campus, has Bush leaning toward following his brother’s path to South Bend.
“It’s an awesome opportunity and definitely something I’m going to have to consider,” he said. “I love Notre Dame. If I get the opportunity to go there it would be fantastic. I just have to see what other options come my way. (Coach Mike Sanford) tells me I’m a kid that he really likes and he’s just a fantastic coach so I’m hoping I can get my grades so I can get there.”
Bush will visit Michigan next month. A return to Illinois could follow.
A college commitment may come next in his recruitment.
“I’m going out to Michigan the weekend of Nov. 7 when they play Rutgers. That will be the next one and I might try to get out to Illinois but I’m not sure about that,” he said. “I’ll definitely have a real clear idea after I visit Michigan and I see what they both have to offer. I’d assume it will be somewhere after that in the next couple weeks after my visit.”
Bush has played quarterback in the past but currently is a wide receiver at Corona Del Mar. He is third in the county with 650 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.
Notre Dame likes Bush at quarterback but could use him as an athlete.
“I was talking to coach Sanford and he said whatever I decide to do when I come back,” Bush said. “I competed for the quarterback job but it just kind of worked out at my high school for me to play receiver more so I decided to do that. Coach Sanford said it doesn’t affect it either way.”