Deacons Watching Sleeper

The Wake Forest coaching staff has their eyes on yet another diamond in the rough prospect that is located in their backyard – Josh Bush, a 6-foot-1 185-pound athlete from Lexington (N.C.) West Davidson.

"There's been interest expressed, that's about all that I can say about that right now," said West Davidson head football coach Dale Burns of Josh Bush. "Joshua is going to take the SAT coming up very soon. When he takes the SAT, gets his score back, [and] then the water won't be near as muddy. There is no scholarship offer from anyone, but there's interest from several schools. But, there's no offer made until there's an SAT score – there's quite a few schools waiting on that."

In addition to Demon Deacons, East Carolina, James Madison, Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina, and Richmond have expressed interest in Bush.

In the past few years, Bush mostly played wide receiver and defensive back for West Davidson. However, as well as playing defensive back again, Burns has Bush heading the offense at quarterback this season.

"I've been defensive coordinator for 17 years here, became head coach this year, and I've always said we need to put the best athlete [at quarterback] and get the ball in his hands as much as possible," said Burns. "And that's what we're doing.

"He's doing a tremendous job [at quarterback]. He's a double threat at all times – he's got a cannon for an arm, but he's still learning the mechanics. He gets us in the right sets offensively [and] he gets us in the right plays the majority of the time. We ask him to throw it, to bootleg, to do things in the passing game, and he's doing a tremendous job for us."

Outside of his athletic ability, Bush possesses much of what is desired in a player.

"[Bush is] a very intelligent player with great leadership qualities," said Burns. "During his sophomore year, he tore his ACL. He's a tough kid. He and his family made the decision – against the doctor's advice against playing – to play with a brace and played the rest of the year with a torn ACL. He put his future at risk to play with his brother and his teammates. It was his brother's season year."

Recruiting wise, Bush is mostly being looked at as a defensive back, where he has recorded four interceptions for West Davidson this season.

"Most people are looking at him because of his past histories at defensive back," said Burns. "A couple of college coaches have expressed interest in his offensive ability."

According to Burns, Bush has attended a few college games unofficially this season, but isn't sure of the exact games and places.

Additionally, Bush has not expressed any strong favorites to Burns at this time.


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