Rushing Prefers to Stay in Texas

College recruiters are a resourceful lot so it is not a surprise that they are able to find a player on a high school campus even if he has yet to play varsity ball. But 2011 defensive end prospect James Rushing is on the radar of several area teams. Burnt Orange Beat spoke with Rushing about his spring ball and his summer camp plans.

Houston Memorial defender James Rushing (6-3, 224) is enjoying the beginning of the recruiting process as he makes the transition from fall ball on the junior varsity to spring ball with the varsity Mustangs.

"I went to the Texas, Texas A&M and SMU spring games," Rushing told Burnt Orange Beat. In addition, Rushing thought all three schools would also visit his high school during the spring drills.

As far as upcoming plans, Rushing said, "I am actually trying to go to camps and stay in the weight room. I have some summer classes to take so I can graduate a semester early."

"I am going to UH (Houston), Rice, Baylor, A&M, UT, and I think SMU is coming to Houston so I am going to get signed up for that one. I don't think I am going to any combines at the moment," said Rushing.

As far favorites thus far, Rushing doesn't have a top five yet, but he does have a couple of ideas about what might intrigue him.

"I'm trying to stay in state," Rushing said, although he does have interest in Georgia Tech due to their engineering program. "I wouldn't say I'd commit (on the spot) if I was offered by any school.

As a sophomore on junior varsity, Rushing played some wide receiver in addition to linebacker, defensive end, punter, and kicker. However, most schools are looking at him as a defensive end. The Mustangs are always focusing him this spring on the defensive line.

"We play a 5-2 as our main defense, I play a 5-technique so it is a defensive tackle position actually. Then, when we play a 4-3, I play a stand-up defensive end," explained Rushing.

Interestingly, he has only two years of football under his belt. As a freshman, he also played basketball. Rushing also runs the 200 and 400 in track for the junior varsity.

Rushing is on track to graduate in December of his senior year, and is in the top ten in his class.

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