Cushing Talks Recruiting

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6-3, 225-pound Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) linebacker Brian Cushing , rated one of the top players in the country, was considering making an official visit to USC this past weekend. Was he able to make the trip?

“I didn’t go,” Cushing said. “My coach didn’t want me going to USC since we have the state championship this upcoming weekend against Don Bosco. He wanted me to focus on that first.”

Cushing did watch several of his top schools on television – specifically Virginia, Notre Dame, Southern California and Boston College. He said USC was “real impressive” in their win over Notre Dame.

With UVa losing to Virginia Tech, the Cavaliers fell to 8-3 on the year – what was his impression of UVa’s season?

“Well they had a better record this year than they had last year, so they are headed in the right direction,” Cushing said. “They just haven’t gotten that big win. A big win would really help them.”

Did UVa’s inability to win the big game hurt them for Cushing?

“I don’t think it hurt them,” Cushing said.

Cushing has scheduled an official visit to Louisville on December 17th, and that is the only date set right now. He says he will definitely make official visits to USC, Miami and Virginia. Notre Dame may get an official visit and Boston College will likely get an unofficial.

On each of these visits, Cushing is looking for one thing in particular to help in his decision making process.

“I think my official visits will help me make my decision,” Cushing said. “On my official visits, I’m really just looking for where I’ll be most comfortable.”

Official visits will make the difference, but one school has caught his attention more than the rest at this point in the recruiting process.

“I really like Southern Cal,” Cushing said. “Nothing has changed with that. I like the program and I like the coaches a lot. I get along with them real well and I talk to them more than any other coaching staff. I’ve talked to a lot of guys on their team. I want to see how I feel on my official visit there.”

Where does Virginia stand right now?

“They’re still pretty high, but I’ll have to see how much I like it when I visit,” Cushing said. He plans on making his official to UVa with UVa commits and Jersey standouts Eugene Monroe