I preach and preach – ” Only takes one guy to like you.” Attending camps can get really stressful and sometimes so redundant that camps get to be a hassle. But hopefully at least one coach will like you.
Such was the case with Marysville High School’s Thomas Rush. Thomas (2018) is a RB and soon to be LB at Marysville HS. A 4.65/40. Listed 6’3-210.
Before the Walsh/Minnesota football camp two weeks ago, he had two Ivy League (4.0GPA) offers and a Bowling Green offer.
Minnesota asked him to workout at linebacker. Ran a 4.0/proshuttle at the NIKE camp in Cleveland. He worked out at LB – Minnesota was impressed – Offer from PJ Fleck – Flipped BGSU offer and committed to Minnesota that night.
Only took two D1 schools to like him. BGSU wanted him as a RB. Hopefully, they were just telling him RB, because he is not a D1 running back.
Only took one coach to like him at LB. Remember – “It only takes one.” Minnesota’s PJ Fleck is a good evaluator of talent, with both – tangibles and intangibles.
To his credit, Thomas worked out at LB for Minnesota. Forever, all he has wanted to hear from college coaches was “running back.” Simply put, he is not a D1 RB.
Good speed. Runs well between the tackles. Strong. Tough. Solid burst thru LOS. Tall. Does not have shake. Does not have 5th gear. Not a Big Ten RB.
With his 6’3 frame, he will add good strength and weight. Will be able to play in space. Has the toughness and agility to make plays. After he learns the position and given some time to develop, he should be a fine LB prospect for the Gophers.
This is how silly I am. I made a point during the camp to tell him that I was really happy that he was working out at LB. “Good choice.” Little did I know that Minnesota asked him to do it. Regardless, he gets a “chest-bump” from me for making a good choice.
Since Marysville has a big 2019 OL guy that I like, I will see Thomas this fall and I would guess spending time on both sides of the ball.