Cushing adding offers

New Jersey linebacker up to 33 scholarship offers and counting

Just when you thought Brian Cushing could not receive any more offers, the Bergen Catholic linebacker has added five new scholarships in the last two days: South Florida, Louisville, Wisconsin, USC and Ohio State. The last two are particularly notable given that he has mentioned the Trojans and Buckeyes in previous reports as two of his favorites.

"The USC coaches talked to me on the phone yesterday and made the offer. Coach [Darrell] Hazell was at my school today and told my coach that they have offered," Cushing said. "This is all just awesome."

If you are keeping count, that brings the scholarship total to 33 for the 6-foot-3 defensive dynamo. Cushing appears to have his pick of places to spend his college career with offers from the likes of USC, OSU, Miami, Florida, Virginia Tech and Nebraska. Is he now "done" with offers and ready to start narrowing things down?

"I feel that I have a good amount of schools that have offered me. They are all excellent programs," Cushing responds. "But I'm not going to stop looking until I sign, and I'm going to make sure I go to the school that fits me best."

That leaves the door open for still more schools to get involved, and the New Jersey junior is consistent in saying that he does not want to name any favorites - not yet, at least.

"I will be taking a lot of trips this summer, and I will decide then which are my favorites," he explains. "Probably have a top three then."

Cushing plans to take trips to see USC, Stanford, Miami, Florida State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Ohio State, Penn State and Boston College this summer. With such a busy schedule, you can expect a flood of information to come from his mouth this summer as he scrutinizes each of these schools and their campuses. Stay tuned because this race has just gotten underway.

Earlier this month at the Elite College Combine held at the Meadowlands, Brian Cushing ran a 3.82 pro shuttle in front of a national gathering of coaches - the fastest time at the camp. He also ran a 4.48 40-yard dash. For an athlete his size with that speed, plus a 41-inch vertical jump, it is little wonder that he is attracting this much attention.

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