Panthers Offer Malcolm Bush

The Pittsburgh coaching staff got a late start in the state of New Jersey this year due to some coaching changes, however Coach Tony Wise and Coach Jeff Hafley have been hitting the pavement together lately, catching the eyes of some of the better prospects in the state. On Monday they extended an offer to Hackensack product Malcolm Bush.

Pittsburgh would like to add some talent to the tight end position in the Class of 2009 and on Monday they took a step toward that, offering Malcolm Bush, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound athlete from Hackensack High School. We caught up with Bush on Monday night to get feedback on the offer.

"Pittsburgh just offered me today," Bush said. "Coach Jeff Hafley came into my school today and was a very straight-forward, nice guy who kept it real with me and was honest about the situation there. He said that the staff liked my film, but Head Coach Dave Wannstedt wanted to make sure how big I was which is why he was out there."

"After school I got a call from Coach Hafley telling me I had the scholarship which was pretty exciting," Bush added. "I know he said they sent a tight end to the (Raiders) this year and the position is pretty much wide open now, so I would be able to play very early there. Early playing time isn't a big deal, but it would definitely be a plus for me. They have a very strong running back and defense there and are rated in the Top 25 going into this season, so things look good at Pitt."

Bush has not been to Pittsburgh before, but plans to take a visit there as soon as he can.

"I don't have a date as of yet, but I will definitely be making one," Bush stated. "I want to go out there and see what they have to offer. I'm definitely very interested."

As a junior, Bush caught 17 passes for 277 yards and two touchdowns. On defense he made 55 tackles, three sacks and forced three fumbles.

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