Rutgers Eying Montclair Safety

Montclair (N.J.) High safety Aamad Bush has the size and strength to be an FBS player, and he is ready to prove a broken collarbone will not alter his style of play or ability. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Bush spoke to about his recruitment, why he holds Rutgers in high regard and how he knows exactly what is going on with the Scarlet Knights.

If Montclair (N.J.) High's Aamad Bush didn't break his collarbone camping at Villanova in early June, he believes he would hold a handful of offers, including one from Rutgers, his childhood favorite.

Instead, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound safety is eager to be cleared for contact Friday and begin showcasing his talents and start earning a scholarship from a list of suitors that includes the Scarlet Knights, Temple, Syracuse and Cincinnati.

"Rutgers wants to see my film," Bush said. "I have a scrimmage Sept. 2 against Plainfield, so I will send that out to a couple of schools, and hopefully they like it and offer."

Bush visited Rutgers practice earlier this month and liked what he saw, but it is hardly a foreign program to him. He grew up in Piscataway, played his freshman year at Piscataway High and was on the same Pop Warner team as Scarlet Knights freshman Jawaun Wynn.

"I always used to go to Rutgers games, and (Scarlet Knights linebacker) Marvin Booker, when I was a freshman he was a senior at Piscataway High, he was like my big brother," Bush said. "I know a lot about Rutgers. Every time I go up there we have a conversation about Rutgers, and I played Pop Warner with Jawaun (Wynn), so I know him pretty well."

In fact, Bush holds a special place for the Scarlet Knights.

"Rutgers was the first school I ever heard from," he said. "They started my recruiting, so I always had interest in Rutgers because I lived so close. Before I started getting recruited, that's the only school I knew about. I have a lot of interest in Rutgers."

As a junior at Montclair, Bush made 44 tackles, intercepted four passes (he returned one for a touchdown) and also had three fumble recoveries. But his injury brought his recruiting to a near-stop.

"I feel it's just wait-and-see," Bush said. "That's why I'm so excited to get back on the field. I want to show I'm still the same player as if the injury didn't happen."

Bush ran a 4.53 (seconds) 40-yard dash at a combine in the winter and set up a camp schedule so coaches could watch him run, which was supposed to be the final hurdle before earning scholarship offers.

"I was going to go to Temple, Rutgers, Syracuse and Cincinnati, but I got hurt at Villanova and couldn't camp," he said. "I feel it (stunted recruiting) because I feel if I went to all of those camps this summer, I would have come into the season with five or six offers. That's what my coach says."

Bush will also play receiver this season, but admits to liking defense more.

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