For Miami (Fla.) Columbus junior safety Deon Bush, the recruiting process is nothing new. He had a front row seat just a couple of years ago when his brother, wide receiver Gary Bush went through the process, eventually selecting Purdue. Deon said he learned a few things from watching Gary's recruitment.
"I learned to take my time with my decision and look at the education aspect, the graduation rate, and things of that nature, before I make my decision," Bush said.
For the younger Bush, his options are already growing by the day with a lot of schools in contact.
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"I am hearing from a lot of schools," Bush said. "I am hearing from Rutgers, Oregon, Florida, Purdue, Tennessee, North Carolina, Notre Dame, and Ole Miss."
The 6-foot-1, 165-pound defensive back landed his first offer already, and it came from an SEC school.
"Ole Miss was my first offer," Bush said. "It felt real good to get that first one."
Since that time, one in-state school has also verbally offered him.
"FIU, when I went to their camp, they offered me verbally right afterwards," Bush said. "That is my only other one (other than Ole Miss) at this time."
Even though Bush intends to take his time with the process, this past summer afforded him the opportunity to travel around the country and see a number of major college campuses.
"This summer I went on a bunch of trips because I play with the South Florida Express Football Team," Bush said. "All of those visits were really on the same level. I liked Georgia Tech and Clemson a lot. I like
As for a childhood favorite, it is the hometown Hurricanes that have always caught his eye.
"I grew up a Miami fan, I like them a lot," Bush said. "But I am approaching this to see what the best school is for me. I love Miami, I grew up watching them, but I don't know if that would be the right school to pick or not, I have to figure that all out."
At this time, the only visit Bush expects to make is to visit Purdue in order to watch his brother in action.
Bush and Columbus are 5-0 on the season after shutting out Coral Gables (Fla.) 37-0 this past weekend. In that victory, Bush returned an interception 42 yards for a touchdown. The Explorers face their biggest test of the season this weekend when they face Miami (Fla.) Northwestern.