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Notre Dame has yet to offer a scholarship to a tight end in this year's recruiting class, but the Irish coaches have their eyes on several prospects. One of them is Hackensack, N.J. product Malcolm Bush.

Or perhaps, Notre Dame likes him coming off the edge as a defensive end.

Malcolm Bush isn't sure, but he'd like to hear more.

"I'm basically getting just letters," the 6-foot-5, 235-pound Bush said. He has a written offer from Connecticut, and verbal ones from Florida, Clemson and Rutgers. Also showing interest is Ohio State and Virginia.

"Notre Dame invited me to a junior day, but I couldn't attend because of a basketball game."

This past fall, Bush caught 17 passes for 277 yards and two touchdowns. Most programs are recruiting him as a tight end, but Connecticut offered him as a defensive end. In three games, Bush had 55 tackles, three sacks and three forced fumbles. A rotator cuff injury limited him to just offense most of the season.

"Schools like that I get after it," Bush stated. "I can block and I show that I have hands. They like that I'm an all-around tight end.

"I'm pretty sure all the schools have it in their mind that they're going to see what I'm going to do when I get there."

Bush worked out as a tight end at the U.S. Army National Combine, an event showcasing some of the nation's best talent in the class of 2009 back in early January.

"I did pretty good," Bush said. "I had like six receptions, two nice catches. All my times were good. I could've did better, but I think I did fairly good. I didn't drop any passes."

Bush reports a bench press of 305 pounds, a squat of 450 pounds, and a 40-yard dash time of 4.7 seconds. His GPA is 2.8.

The programs that have verbally offered, want to see Bush workout in person before extending a written one.

Bush has plans to trip to Clemson the weekend of April 11, where he is expecting that offer to become official. He says he will camp at Florida and Rutgers during the summer.

"I'm just looking for a school with great prestige, great academics and early playing time," Bush said, adding he wants to decide by the end of the summer.

Maybe Notre Dame will be in the mix.

"My Dad likes Notre Dame," Bush said. "I'd be interested if they showed more interest. I know they got a lot of prestige over there, and are all about the football program. I know it's big-time football." Top Stories