The Latest on Brian Cushing

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Brian Cushing remains one of the top targets for the University of Virginia. The Cavaliers, who are recruiting the versatile Cushing as a linebacker, paid a visit to Bergen Catholic recently to visit with the All-American recruit.

“The Virginia coaches came up to see him on Monday,” Brian’s father Frank Cushing said. “Coach D’Onofrio and Coach Golden both met with Brian.”

Virginia has made it clear through its recruitment that Brian is and has been one of their top targets. Cushing’s 6-3, 225-pound size combined with 4.5 40 speed and excellent athleticism make it easy to see why he is one of the top prospects in the country.

“I’d say Virginia is the school recruiting Brian more heavily than the other schools,” Mr. Cushing said. “I’ve gotten to know Mark, Al [Groh], Al’s son Mike and Al Golden through the process. There’s no school recruiting Brian harder than Virginia. I’ve kept every letter anyone’s ever sent.”

Brian still plans on setting an official visit to Virginia. He has already set up official trips to Miami (Fl) on the weekend of December 10th and USC on the weekend of December 17th. About 6 other schools remain under consideration as well.

“I believe he’s going to Virginia [on an official visit],” Mr. Cushing said. “It’s in the back of his mind and he’s always talking about his 3rd visit being to UVa. He’s talking about going in January. It’s not set, but I think it’s going to be in January. [USC, Miami and Virginia] are the 3 definite visits.

“I would say Notre Dame, Louisville, Boston College, Maryland, Penn State and Rutgers [are the other schools being considered].”

Official visits will be a major part of Brian’s decision.

“We’ve talked about that and I don’t know how you can have a decision without seeing somewhere,” Mr. Cushing said. “So I think he’s going to take at least 4, maybe 5, official visits. He’ll take 4 for sure. Then we’ll sit down and have a discussion about it.”

Other major factors include the obvious – academics and athletics. Just how much weight one is given over the other is a topic of discussion between Mr. Cushing and his son.

“Personally, I’m more interested in the academic part, as any parent would be,” Mr. Cushing said. “Brian’s more interested in the football side, so we have a philosophical difference right now (laughs). Like Coach Mike Groh said, only 2 percent of all