Cushing Up to 27 Offers

Oradell, N.J. linebacker Brian Cushing is a wanted man. With 27 scholarship offers on the table, Cushing will have plenty of schools to choose from. Where do the Irish stand with Cushing? Have the Irish offered?

Brian Cushing says the phone has been ringing at his house. "I just got off the phone with Notre Dame," said Cushing. "Maryland, USC, Virginia Tech, Penn State and Virginia have also called."

We asked Cushing which coach called him from Notre Dame and if they have offered him. "Yes they have offered. I talked to Coach Simmons, the linebacker coach."

The Irish appear to have been slipping on Cushings list as of late, but Cushing says that is not true. "No, I'd still put Notre Dame up there pretty high on my list," he said. "I like their education and their tradition. Football there is huge."

Cushing has already taken a number of unofficial visits and is planning more in the future. "I've already been to Maryland, Rutgers, Michigan and Michigan State. I plan to go to Penn State next Sunday. I'll also visit a few more schools this summer. I know I plan to stop by at Notre Dame. I'm not sure when I'm making those trips though."

Does Cushing have some top schools? "Yeah, I'd say Miami, Southern Cal, Florida State, Notre Dame, Boston College, Stanford, Virginia and Virginia Tech right now. I'm still pretty open to anyone."

Comments: The Irish appear to still be in the race. We don't feel they lead at this point by any means. There is plenty of time for the Irish to state their case as Cushing won't be deciding any time soon.


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