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Recruiting moves fast this time of the year and Norcross, Ga. quarterback AJ Bush does too.
A little over a month ago Bush was leading Norcross to a state championship in Georgia's highest classification of football. Las Thursday he received word Nebraska was extending him an offer and wanting to host him for an official visit as well as swing by his house to conduct an in-home visit.
The official offer and in-home visit with Nebraska coach Charlton Warren was enough to convince Bush to take an official visit to Nebraska. Bush saw everything he needed to see and more from the minute he stepped off the plane which ultimately led to his commitment.
"As soon as I stepped off the plane I felt an instant connection," Bush said. "It was just a great feeling that everyone gave me here. Everybody is genuine and nice and very straight forward and honest. I really appreciated that.
"The current players that I met were great, the other recruits were great, just everything about it made me happy honestly. So I'm happy to be committed to Nebraska."
While the offer to Bush may have come as an initial surprise to some, the subsequent commitment does not as Bush eluded to HuskerOnline.com prior to his in-home visit that he could commit to Nebraska at any time.
"Nebraska offered me today and I just found out about it like an hour ago," Bush told HuskerOnline last Thursday. "I guess Coach Warren from Nebraska had told my recruiting coach at Norcross that they were going to offer me. He's actually on his way to come see me in a little bit to do a home visit.
Bush said he knew a fair amount about Nebraska, including their history and tradition before his official visit. However, he was able to learn much more during his visit and that history also played a role in his commitment.
"I remember players like Eric Crouch, a Heisman winner, I used to look up to him a little bit," Bush said. "You've got three Heisman trophy winners; you won five Nation Championships, so that's something that I want to be a part of. It's just a program that has had success and knows how to continue having success.
"I see the program as going steady uphill too and that's a big reason why I committed. I love how they are doing things and they are already getting big commits for 2015. So it just shows you that if they aren't going to relax, I'm not going to relax. If you are complacent you're not going to get better and that's what I like about the program. They are doing it right."
The 6-foot-4, 214-pound Bush brings a different dimension of size to the current Nebraska quarterback corps, but his overall athleticism and winning pedigree are not much different than what the Huskers have been targeting over the last few years.
Including Bush, Nebraska will now have four scholarship quarterbacks that have won state titles on the highest level of competition in the states of Texas (Tommy Armstrong), California (Johnny Stanton), and Florida (Zack Darlington).
Bush led traditional power Norcross to a 14-2 record en route to capturing his state title. He was 139-259 passing for 2,101 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also had 168 carries for 764 yards and 13 scores on the ground.
Bush says his passion and love for the game are only a few of the attributes he'll be bringing to the program.
"I bring great size and great preparation," Bush said about his qualities as a quarterback. "The mental aspect of things - I grasp a lot of things. I can make all of the throws. I can make the plays. I've been blessed with the ability to keep the play alive and have the savvy and poise to look down the field while I'm being chased by 280-pound, 300-pound defensive linemen.
"Football is just my life. Football is my passion so that's what I bring. I bring the hard work and dedication that you would expect from a quarterback."
Before committing to Nebraska, Bush had taken official visits to Boston College and Marshall. He also held offers from schools such as Cincinnati, Kansas State, Toledo, and had been receiving late interest from Michigan and Arkansas.
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