Summer Rush

Mississippi native and class of 2011 wide receiver Xavier Rush has been hearing from several of the top schools in the southeast. And with the summer camp season gearing up, he is hoping to continue to make an impression on coaches and begin garnering some offers.

Rush, a product of Terry High in the Magnolia State, is focused on excelling on the field this summer in camps and combines across the country. But he also has a similar drive to find success in the classroom.

"The goals I have for this offseason and season are to get stronger, get faster, put a little bit more weight on and just keep my grades up," said the senior-to-be. "I've got all As right now, so I just want to keep it up."

That academic focus partially reflects itself when the 6-foot-2, 188-pound receiver talks about his colleges of choice at this point.

While he has no offers as of yet, Rush says he has been in contact with the programs at both of his home-state schools (Ole Miss and Mississippi State), as well as LSU and Vanderbilt.

Rush said if he had to make a college choice right now, he would pick the Commodores.

But in order to do so, he'll have to actually garner a scholarship offer. That's what makes this summer so pivotal, and it explains why he was one of the attendees at the SportsWeave All-American Football Skills Academy in Morgantown, W.Va., on May 22.

The receiver and a host of other college hopefuls were on the campus of University High School on a rainy Saturday, trying to make an impression that will help them garner more opportunities to play at the next level.

"It means a lot," Rush said of the chance to attend the SportsWeave event. "I'm going against the best players in the United States, and enhancing my ability to show what I've got and do what I do."

As part of the event, Rush took an unofficial visit on the campus of West Virginia. While he hadn't previously been in contact with any of the Mountaineers' coaches, he said it was an eye-opening experience.

"It was nice -- a good experience, and nice facilities," he said of his WVU visit. "It gets you ready for the college life and ready to come up and play."

And while the process of summer workouts is one Rush admitted is hectic, he said it was something he enjoyed for now. But he also implied that he might not wait too long to make a decision about where to attend college once some offers begin to roll in.

"I'm enjoying this," Rush said with a smile. "But when it's over, that means I know where I'm going. So the sooner it's over, the better."

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