2017 Northeast Mississippi DL Anthony Rush talks about recruiting and his offseason so far

2017 Northeast Mississippi DL Anthony Rush (6-5, 330) updated JCFootball.com on his offseason work and where things stand on the recruiting front as well...

"I don't have any offers yet, but I do have some schools that have been talking to me," Rush told JCFootball.com over the weekend. "The main ones are Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Troy.

"I actually took a visit to Ole Miss during the season and it was really great there. I had a really good time. Their program is building and they have some really impressive facilities."

As a freshman last season for the Tigers, Rush totaled 40 tackles, three sacks and nine tackles-for-loss from his three-tech spot.

"I can actually do it all. I'm not really limited to one thing or another," Rush noted. "I can rush the quarterback pretty well and I can stop the run. I enjoy doing both of those because it helps my team.

"I put my heart into every play. I don't take plays off. I've been doing this since I was six, so I just love to play and I play with that passion every chance I get."

Rush has already been hard at work this offseason, getting in work on the field and in the weight room.

"I'm working a lot on my overall technique as well as my speed and explosiveness," Rush said. "I'm running a lot, working on my legs, my get-off and just being the best player I can be."

While he's still waiting on his first offer, Rush has already thought about what he's looking for in the school he ultimately chooses.

"A big thing will be where I fit in," Rush said. "I also am looking the scheme and if I can play right away. 

"The last thing is just a place I feel at home at and making sure I feel like I can be there for the next couple of years. I don't mind going away from home, I'm 10 hours away from home now, so I don't really mind the distance, but I need to make sure it's a place I can be for the next couple of years."

Rush was a big-time prospect out of Cary (NC) High School, but he was unable to get qualified, so he decided to head to Northeast Mississippi to get his academics in order while continuing to play football.

"They were the only school that contacted me and they said I would fit into things well here," Rush said. "It's been a good move for me. Just football and school. I've got myself in a place to where I can be successful now."

Rush is on pace to finish up his two-year degree in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2016 football season.

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