Rush did not build a superb record of 213 wins and just 76 losses over his 27-year coaching tenure by taking a wait and see attitude. Winners breed winners and outstanding freshmen are pounding on the CCSF athletic doors.
"We are going to have a real good team," cited Rush, who declined to discuss the legal matters. "The kids are enthusiastic and a fun group to watch. This might be our fastest team in a long time."
The center of Rush's attention, of course, is the quarterback slot where Joseph Ayoob (see photo) returns. The dandy 6-3, 200-pounder, who has already committed to the University of California, dazzled as a late replacement for Jason Swanson (Kansas signee) by passing for 1,296 yards and rushing for 288. His late game heroics in the state title game provided CCSF with a 38-35 victory over Grossmont. He was 23 of 36 for 304 and 4 scores in that one.
"No question he is going to be special," said Rush.
Another athlete who will undoubtedly carry that tab is linebacker Desmond Bishop. The 6-2, 240-pounder, who signed with Nevada originally, has already had scholarship offers from too many colleges to count.
The offensive line has returnees C Bryce MacMartin (6-3, 290) and tackle Taase Jennings (6-3, 330) as anchors. Two years ago MacMartin was the AAA/CIF San Francisco Section Offensive Lineman of the Year while Jennings was a standout guard for McKinley HS in Hawaii.
Ruben Jackson, a 4.3 forty guy, heads a good-looking receiving corps. Running back Dallas Bernstine (5-9, 185; Vallejo HS) is a faster version of Tim Brown (Temple signee), last year's J.C. Grid-Wire All-American. Bernstine signed with Boise State out of Bethel High School two years ago and was a solid contributor for CCSF in 2003.
Besides Bishop, the defense looks to LB Larry Grant, a trio of solid defensive backs, and offensive tackle Albert Toeaina's (Tennessee signee) little brother, Alex, who plays a mean LB/DE at 6-0, 240.
Yep, as usual, you can look for CCSF to be right in the thick of the national title hunt in 2004.