On Monday, Virginia Tech lost its starting quarterback. Junior Jérod Evans announced his intention to forego his senior season and enter the NFL Draft this spring.
Now, the Hokies are feverishly searching for a possible replacement. With currently only one scholarship quarterback on the roster (redshirt freshman Josh Jackson), Virginia Tech is in need of another arm.
This past weekend, the Virginia Tech staff reached out to A.J. Bush as a possibility. Originally from Norcross (Ga.), Bush signed with Nebraska in the 2014 class. He redshirted his first season and never played a game. Instead, he spent the 2016 season, his sophomore season, at Iowa Western Community College.
Now, Bush is weighing a number of options. In addition to the Hokies, Bush said he and his quarterbacks coach have heard from Cincinnati, Texas A&M, Illinois, Georgia Tech, California, Temple and Baylor.
“My quarterbacks coach, he wants to handle my recruitment,” Bush said. “He’s been in touch with all of them. They’ve been contacting him because they’ve heard a lot about it and his program and stuff like that. He’s really just been relaying everything to me.”
Bush said there’s a lot to like about Virginia Tech. That stems from his affinity for the spread offense run by the Hokies, but also his childhood experience.
“I just heard about the situation with Jérod,” Bush said. “I love the program. I’ve been a fan of Virginia Tech since I was a kid. If they came at me, there’d be a high chance I’d go there. I love everything about it.”
Bush said he also likes the possibility of playing closer to home and family.
“That’s ACC, so that’s about 5 ½ hours from my house in Georgia,” he said. “That’s great. Being at Nebraska was a good 15 hours. My aunt and my two cousins, they live in Virginia, actually. They live by the naval bases. Both my cousins, they’re in the Navy.”
As of now, Bush said he has no ‘concrete plans.’ But there’s a possibility he could visit Virginia Tech next weekend, the first in the upcoming open recruiting period.
Either way, Bush said he hopes to make the most out of his second recruitment.
“Definitely, this second time around what I want is a good opportunity to play right away, a great program, great coaches, a great player/coach relationship, especially with my position coach,” he said. “I want a great atmosphere and honestly, just somewhere I can picture myself living in the future.”