2012 Jersey QB Wants to Stay Close

Rutgers is looking at the top quarterbacks in the state for the 2012 class, and one player on the Scarlet Knights' radar is a prospect with a couple of strong ties to the Rutgers program. The dual-threat quarterback told ScarletReport.com, "I thought about it before. I'd like to stay in Jersey." So, what is going on with his recruitment, and how serious of an option are the Scarlet Knights?

Rutgers is yet to land a quarterback in the 2011 recruiting class, but it doesn't mean the Scarlet Knights aren't eye-balling signal callers from the 2012 class.

One such player well-versed in Rutgers' culture, and the offense, is class of 2012 quarterback Malik Bush of Hackensack (N.J.) High.

Bush's brother, Malcolm, is a tight end at Rutgers and his high school coach, Mike Miello, is a former Scarlet Knights assistant coach.

The 6-foot-4, 197-pound Bush, who is also being recruited by Miami, Ohio State and Penn State, among others, said he has spoken to Rutgers about a verbal offer.

"I've been to Rutgers a few times and they've seen me play, and they've seen my tape," Bush said. "They talked about a verbal offer, but it's not really official.

"I know a lot about Rutgers. I know more about it than any other school because my brother goes there, and my high school coach used to coach there, so it's basically like my high school now. Football-wise, it's the same stuff."

Bush was slated to camp at Rutgers, but did not because of shoulder injury.

But it hasn't dampened his enthusiasm for his home state school, or where he wants to play in college.

"I thought about it before. I'd like to stay in Jersey," Bush said. "I want to stay close. I like Rutgers a lot. I talk to (assistant) coach (Chris) Hewitt a lot. He tells me to keep working hard and my high school coach will do good things with me."

The only camp Bush attended this summer was at Miami, which previously gave him strong feedback after watching his highlight tape.

"It was a good experience," Bush said. "You learn some mechanics and basically where you're at against other players from around the country. I think I did pretty good, but I just have to work on some fundamental stuff with my mechanics. It's keeping the ball up."

Bush also got a chance to look around Miami's campus and check out a few of the facilities. "I enjoyed it," he said. "I liked the weather the most. It feels pretty nice. And I like the weight room, too."

As a sophomore, Bush threw for approximately 700 yards and eight touchdowns, and also rushed for four touchdowns.

However, those numbers could change because of a shift in offensive philosophy.

"I like to move," Bush said. "Last year was more of a running offense, but this year we're changing it to somewhat of a spread, so I'll be doing both this year. It helps me a lot because under center you have to read all the defenses."

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