Cushing Turns in All-Star Performance

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It may be tough to justify in just one game all of the accolades one has received, but Brian Cushing certainly did so in Bergen Catholic’s 31-6 victory over Teaneck 2 weeks ago. The 6-3, 220-pound linebacker made an astounding 32 tackles and 5 sacks in the win, showing why he is rated as one of the country’s top players.

“I don’t know how I made that many,” Cushing said of his tackles. “I played everywhere on the field.”

Five lucky schools have made the final cut for the talented blue-chipper. All 5 are recruiting him to play linebacker on the next level. There was some talk that safety was a possibility, but it appears linebacker is now Cushing’s projected spot by all 5 schools.

“I have,” Cushing replied when asked if he had narrowed his list to 5. “It’s Notre Dame, USC, Miami, Louisville and UVa. They are all recruiting me to play linebacker.”

Recently, he made an unofficial visit to Notre Dame. The Irish seem to have made a good impression.

“It was great,” Cushing said of his visit to South Bend. He made the trip with his father. “I went for the Stanford game, which they won. I liked the environment a lot. The campus was unbelievable to see. You hear so much about it and it’s just as good as what you hear. Coach Willingham is a good guy. He came up and talked to me about 10 minutes before the game. I thought that showed a lot of respect for him to do that.

“The visit was not official. I did everything I would do on an official visit, so I don’t need to take an official visit there.”

When asked if he had a favorite now, Cushing said “I wouldn’t say I have any favorites right now.”

He will make official visits to Louisville, Miami, USC and UVa before announcing his decision. Right now, he only has one official visit date set.

“I know I’m going to Louisville on December 17th,” Cushing said. “I don’t know any other dates. I know all of the visits will come after my senior season.”

Cushing does know which school will get the final visit.

“I know Virginia will probably be my last visit,” Cushing said. “Schools were trying to get the last visit, but it just worked out like that.”

Led by recruiting coach Mark D’Onofrio,