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TJ Bush Picks Up His First Offer
by Marc Goldstein, recruitNoVA
Woodbridge lineman T.J. Bush (2023 DE/DT 6’2 245) of Bishop Ireton has recently picked up his first offer from Coastal Carolina University. TJ is a defensive end and defensive tackle, using his size and speed to his advantage when attacking his opposition. He relishes the fact that the Chanticleers took a chance on him and that they have helped him gain some recognition from scouts.
Bush has had a burning passion for the game of football for as long as he can remember, playing the game since the moment he was able to hit the gridiron. He played his freshman season at C.D. Hylton and over the summer he made the choice to transfer to Bishop Ireton.
Since he hit the gridiron, he has been awaiting this moment. He says, “It feels great to receive my first offer. This is something I’ve been dreaming of since I first started playing football and for it to come true it’s just an amazing feeling.” TJ has been looking forward to receiving this offer for quite a long time, and he thinks there will be a domino effect that follows this offer. He reports the fact that both Michigan and Mississippi State have been interested in him and he has high hopes that more offers will follow.
Excited To Earn My 1st Offer From Coastal Carolina University Thru @BallCoach34 @GJrWorth! Thank you @CoastalFootball @Coach_D13 for believing in me! @BallAtTheBeach #BEL1EVE🏝@RivalsFriedman @BrianDohn247 @WeArePACT @DemetricDWarren @rivalsmike @NCAAFNation247@ChipArmstrong1 pic.twitter.com/Vz6oRxEeAG
— TB3🧪 (@TheTJBUSH) September 4, 2020
T.J. classifies his biggest asset, detailing, “I feel my biggest strength is using my hands and playing with good leverage. I play very low and I’m quick so that’s how I’m able to control the game in that aspect as a Defensive Lineman. I will continue to work and develop my pass rushing ability to continue getting to the QB.” His biggest weakness is one that he has been working tirelessly this offseason to improve, and he hopes that when the season arrives, he will prove to his teammates, coaches, and scouts alike that he has figured out a way to turn his weaknesses into a strength.
Coastal Carolina has had a relatively short history as a football program. Since their inception in the early 2000’s, they have had a history of winning. They dominated at the FCS, prompting a move to the Sun Belt Conference. They have since struggled, but that is to be expected for a team moving up a division. They want to gather a strong core of players that can lead them back to relevance and bowl berths. That starts with players like TJ who play with an edge, and can be a game wrecker on defense. On the subject of the offer, TJ says, “This offer is going to really motivate me to excel more in the classroom and keep my grades up. I also hope that this leads to me building a great relationship with Coastal Carolina.”
The offer from Coastal Carolina led to a second offer from Charlotte. Bush announced that offer via Twitter on Sunday.
Excited To Earn An Offer From UNC Charlotte Tonight Thru @BallCoach34 @GJrWorth! Thank you @CharlotteFTBL @FBCoachBankins for believing in me! #GOLDstandard @RivalsFriedman @BrianDohn247 @WeArePACT @DemetricDWarren @rivalsmike @NCAAFNation247@ChipArmstrong1 @recruitNVA pic.twitter.com/2s8PafVhTz
— TB3🧪 (@TheTJBUSH) September 7, 2020
T.J. also mentions the fact that he draws a lot of motivation from his parents and all that they have done for him to get him to this point. “They have always instilled a hard work ethic on me and now it’s just a relief to finally seeing it pay off,” he explains. TJ wants college coaches to know many things about him, but one thing in particular sticks out above the rest. He elaborates, “I want coaches to know that I’m one of the hardest workers and my effort is always through the roof no matter the circumstances. On the field, in the classroom and in my community.”
Bush is far from done as far as adding offers goes, but the first one will always be special for him. He respects the time and effort they have put into their program, but he will ultimately choose the school with the best opportunity for him. In the meantime, he will focus on improving his game and being the best player on the field.
– Marc Goldstein