August 2, 2009
Rush's decision came down to coaching
Cincinnati (Ohio) Archbishop Moeller High School has been good to Michigan State since Mark Dantonio began leading the program in 2006.
Dantonio's first commitment from the Moeller program and the gem of the 2007 recruiting class was a defensive end named Greg Jones, who now stars at linebacker as a junior and is the 2009 Big Ten Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. And now three years after Jones joined the Spartans, Dantonio and Co. have added another defensive end from the Moeller program, Marcus Rush.
"I love the campus. I love the football. Most importantly was the coaches. I really like all of them. Almost all the defensive coaches sat down and talked to me and I really enjoyed doing that," the 6-3, 225-pound Rush told SpartanMag.com about the verbal commitment he made to the Spartans Saturday. "And I really thought Dantonio was an awesome person, awesome coach. I could really tell the coaches really bonded well together, and all the players there love Michigan State and I've never heard anything bad about Michigan State, so I decided to commit there."
Rush has had some contact with Jones during his recruitment, talking to the MSU junior during his two unofficial visits in East Lansing, but according to Rush, Jones never pressured him to join the Green and White.
"It didn't really make my decision or anything," Rush said of picking MSU because a Moeller alum is on the roster, "but it's for sure kind of cool knowing he came from Moeller and he's so successful because of those coaches (at MSU). That kind of told me that the coaches are pretty good, too."
"I called him the day I committed and he was real excited about it," Rush added of his most recent talk with Jones. "He can't wait until the year comes that me and him are both going to be there, which will be next year."
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