Bush Gears Up for the Season

In June, Malcolm Bush gave his verbal commitment to the Scarlet Knights. Since that decision, Bush has been focused on his preparation for the football season while talking to many of his future teammates. Its an exciting time for the standout tight end. SOR talked to him about his decision, his future teammates and his senior year.

Several factors affect a high school football player's decision-making process regarding college football programs. For Malcolm Bush, the decision hinged on comfort.

"I had around six offers at that time," Bush said of the teams recruiting him until he verbally committed to Rutgers in June. "Basically, I felt comfortable at Rutgers. I felt like I was at home."

Bush also mentioned the coaching staff as an important aspect of his program evaluation.

"I had a good relationship with the whole coaching staff," the Hackensack, N.J., native said. "I felt like it was the right decision for me."

Recruited as a tight end, Bush prepares for the collegiate level with a dedicated regimen.

"Basically, I'm in the weight room, running and working out four days a week," Bush said, "and progressing with my work ethic."

Bush added getting used to the speed of the game, watching film and working out with people in college as priorities in preparation.

But, Bush, who said he measures at 6-4 ½, 218 pounds, remains uncertain of his offensive position.

"I really don't know," he said. "I'm gonna put on weight and drop my 40 time. We'll see when I get to college and what coach Schiano wants me to do. I don't think it's a necessity for me to gain too much weight."

Meanwhile, Bush said he's communicated with other Scarlet Knights recruits. They include Scout.com four-star quarterback Tom Savage, and local products, Andre Civil, Michael Larrow and Steven Beauharnais.

"We're all cool," Bush said of his future teammates. "We're almost like a family before we set foot on campus."

Bush also spoke highly of Savage, who aims to become Mike Teel's replacement for the Scarlet Knights organization after this season. "Basically, if I chose to come here, I'd have a quarterback for years to come," Bush said.

Bush said he's relieved that he signed with Rutgers; he's finished with summer traveling and will officially visit sometime after Sept. 1.

"It's definitely a relief," Bush said. "Now I can just chill, have a regular summer like a regular kid, not worry about coaches, just worry about the upcoming school year, worry about school work and football."

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