Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic linebacker Brian Cushing took an unofficial visit out to the state of Michigan this past weekend to check out the Spartans of Michigan State and the Wolverines of Michigan. How did things go?
"I liked both of them a lot," said the 6-foot-3, 225-pounder. "Michigan State offered me while I was out there and I liked the campus and their football hall. The academic program was set up good as well.
"Michigan didn't offer me, which was a little bit disappointing, but they said they would when I come out and camp this summer. They want to see me play personally before they offer," he said. "I liked everything about Michigan from the coaches to the football tradition -- everything. I liked the school a lot but I need to see others. Michigan is high on my list though."
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Would he have committed if he was offered?
"I don't think so because I haven't seen enough schools."
So who's next on the visit list?
"Probably Virginia for the NIKE Camp and then I plan on seeing Ohio State, Miami, Stanford and Boston College," he said. "Miami I'll just visit while I'll camp at OSU, Stanford and BC and also probably visit each."
Cushing said that Michigan is recruiting him as a combination SAM linebacker and strong safety on passing downs while most other schools want him strictly as a linebacker.
As a junior, Cushing had 120 tackles, 10 sacks and 18 tackles for a loss as a junior. He also had seven interceptions. On offense, he caught 13 passes for 456 yards and seven scores as a wideout. He was named all-county, all-North Jersey and all-state.