QB Bush on Recruiting, Rutgers

Hackensack High School quarterback Malik Bush turned a lot of heads at last week's Penn State and Rutgers NIKE camps. ScarletReport.com caught up with the rising senior later in the week to discuss what he did well and his relationship with Rutgers ...  

.   On paper, Malik Bush has the potential to be a strong prospect as either a quarterback or athlete. Bush has a wiry 6-foot-2, 190-pound frame with room to grow, quick feet and a very strong arm.

But when Bush broke his collarbone before his junior season, college contact tailed off.

Bush hopes that will all change now that he is 100 percent and performing well at multiple spring combines.

"I think I threw pretty well at both events," Bush said. "For the most part, I was happy with what I did."

Specifically, the praise from the coaching staffs sent the message to Bush that he played well.

"I have a strong arm and the coaches at the camps definitely think I can make the throws at the next level," Bush said. "I need to improve my mechanics. Sometimes I don't throw the football properly. I used to be a big-time pitcher and I still throw the football like it's a baseball from time to time."

For the coming summer, Bush said he plans to hit as many school's camps as possible because he feels it's the best chance of landing his first scholarship offer.

"Schools want to see me play before they offer me I think," Bush said. "I broke my collarbone and missed last season, so I need to have a good season before I can get an offer. I'm going to have to do camps and do well at them. That's going to be an important part of getting my name out there."

Bush said he has had contact with more than a dozen Division I programs and would like to hear more from Rutgers.

For one, Rutgers is close to home, which is important to him, but more importantly, Bush's older brother is red-shirt sophomore tight end Malcolm Bush.

"I'd love to play there, but I don't know if there's room," Bush said. "They have a lot of young quarterbacks. My brother didn't like it at first, but then he got used to it and he's very happy. He loves the family atmosphere and he played well this spring."

Bush said the best part of having an older brother that plays college football, however, is a better understanding of the recruiting process.

"It helps a lot because it's like I've already gone through the process once and now I know what to expect," Bush said. "I saw how crazy things got with my brother and how the timing of things worked which is helpful for me."

Bush said he will "definitely" camp at Rutgers, but does not have any other camps planned yet.    

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