New Offer for Rushing

Houston Memorial went 9-2 last year and the Mustangs return five starters on defense, including DE James Rushing. Three schools have extended offers to Rushing and he feels that a fourth could arrive soon. Get the details.

Houston Memorial defensive end James Rushing added a new offer recently from UTEP and he expects a fourth to possibly arrive in the next month.

"UTEP has offered me," said Rushing, who already held offers from Air Force and Harvard. "I feel like I'm close to getting one from Louisiana Tech. Coach (Stan) Eggen, Tech's defensive line coach, is hands-on and he wants to see my first couple of games. I think they'll go ahead (and offer) after the first game. I want to get off to a fast start and do well in the opener."

Rushing and the Mustangs are coming off a successful 9-2 season and five starters return on each side of the football. However, Memorial will have its work cut out against a rugged schedule that includes Westfield, Pearland, Katy, and Katy Cinco Ranch.

"We always play a tough schedule," said Rushing. "We're in a new district this year with the Katy teams. Last year, we were in a district with the Alief schools."

The senior will get a shot at slowing down two fine running backs in Katy's Donovonn Young and Cinco Ranch's K.C. Nlemchi (SMU commit).

"Katy has tradition, but I'm going to be honest," said Rushing. "We play the same style of football as them and there's no reason we can't win that game. It's going to come down to who wants it more.

"Cinco Ranch is more balanced on offense than Katy, but shutting K.C. down is the key to beating them. K.C. is a good guy and a good player. We're not going to get intimidated, and we'll just have to step up like we can do and play with all we've got."

Rushing attended SMU football camp and would like to receive an offer from the Mustangs, but the numbers are tight.

"SMU is full at defensive end and it looks like they're full at linebacker right now," he said. "The coaches have told me to keep in touch and that a spot may come open if someone decommits. I'd like to go there."

As a junior, Rushing (6-foot-4, 235 pounds) had approximately 40 tackles with four sacks.

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