After a strong 2012 camp season and a solid junior season yielded no scholarship offers, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Cardinal Gibbons wide receiver George Rushing was starting to worry. But after performing well at the Army Underclassmen Combine and posting his junior film online, things have started to change.
In the last week, the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Rushing has netted his first three offers, courtesy of Miami (OH) University, Marshall and Cincinnati. Other schools who have visited Rushing this week include Indiana and Bowling Green.
"I have no idea what changed but they're all telling me they watched my film and they love it," Rushing said. "I thought my film was pretty good but maybe it's better than I thought."
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Rushing finished his junior season with 26 catches for 549 yards and nine touchdowns for a Cardinal Gibbons team that went 9-2.
"I think my stats were good for having such few catches," Rushing said. "I think I could have done better and I just have to keep grinding so I can have a better senior year."
Rushing more than held his own earlier this month in San Antonio, an experience that he said opened his eyes to the type of talent he'll be competing against at the next level.
"I loved the experience from the coaches to the seminars and everything," he said. "Going one-on-one and seeing the type of talent that was out there was great. I won my reps but looking at the other DB's who were at there I was surprised at how talented some guys are."
As far as the schools who are looking at him, Rushing gave the following breakdowns:
Cincinnati: "They're really a program that's trying to come up and these last couple of years they've done well. I went to a different school my freshman year and one of my former teammates plays for them now. He loves that school and he barely comes home. I know a couple of people that like the coaches and after my first time talking to them I really like them a lot. "
Indiana: "I talked to coach Greg Frey and he was a real cool guy and gave me a speech about schools in general and how I should choose, not just about Indiana. He told me what to think about and just gave great advice. When you talk to a recruiter they usually just talk about their schools but the fact that he talked about the whole process, I really enjoyed that."
Marshall: "The coach I talked to was really nice. I keep hearing from other recruits about their staff. My teammate Trevon Lee talks to them, too. I didn't talk to him for too long but I'm going to be looking more into Marshall."
As he heads into the spring Rushing said he's planning another action-packed offseason.