Montclair Safety Bush Takes In Rutgers Win

Montclair (N.J.) High safety Aamad Bush recovered by a broken collarbone sustained in the late spring and is back patrolling the secondary for the Mounties. Bush also spent some time on the Rutgers campus recently, and talked about what he saw, his recruitment and what he talked about with a few of his high-profile teamamtes.

With limited scholarships available and Rutgers still in the hunt for a number of players, the Scarlet Knights coaching staff is apparently in evaluation mode with several players for the 2011 class.

One such player is Montclair (N.J.) High safety Aamad Bush, who traveled with teammates Aubrey Lewis III and Julian Pinnix to watch Rutgers rally for a stunning 27-24 win last week against Connecticut.

"Rutgers was great," Bush said. "I enjoyed it a lot. It felt good being there to see them win such a close game. I got to talk to all the coaches. I just felt comfortable.

"On the way home, me, Aubrey and Julian were talking about how we all would look good in Rutger uniforms. It was a lot of fun, (and) can't wait to go back in a couple weeks."

Bush, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound safety, is hoping a strong senior season sends more offers his way. The Rutgers coaching staff was out to see Montclair play last month, and Bush recently received an offer from North Dakota.

"I'm still expecting Rutgers, Cincinnati and Temple to offer me. I just don't know when," Bush said. "My coach (John Fiore) say they want to offer me, but they want to see more from me.

"I just have to show I have a high motor, be around the ball, and just stand out when I'm on the field. (Rutgers) coach (Chris) Hewitt was at my game against North Bergen (Sept. 18) and he said he wants me to show out more, and show everybody that I'm the best athlete on the field."

Bush's summer was derailed by a broken collarbone while camping at Villanova in June, and his inability to camp at Rutgers and Temple kept the Scarlet Knights' coaching staff from seeing him in person.

Thus, Bush is trying to prove himself as a senior.

"I play as hard as I can," Bush said. "I barely come off the field, so it's hard to go full speed when you're tired, but you just got to push yourself. I guess it's just pushing hard through gassers at the end of practice then pushing through hard at the end of games."

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