North-South Classic: North player bringing "Rush" to the 2018 Bears
INSTITUTE, W. Va. (WCHS-TV/WVAH) —
Practices five and six for the North-South All-Star football players were Tuesday at West Virginia State University. Some of the state's best senior players from 2017 are living on the State campus this week getting set for Saturday's WCHS-TV/FOX 11 North-South All-Star Football Classic. Brad Jett is the head coach for the North and has three of his South Harrison Hawks with him in the Kanawha Valley. One is the owner of a great football name.
When you think of South Harrison High School… you think of speed. I mean they've had football and track star Freddy Canary leading the charge the past few seasons. But if you ask Canary how's he racked up yards over the years, he's going to point to an offensive lineman, Nick Rush, one of the three Hawks representing the school in this week's classic.
"It means a lot to the two other guys coming from our school and me. It's going to be a blast enjoying everything getting ready for the game Saturday. I'm just going to soak it in before college starts," Rush said.
As an offensive lineman, he wasn't just good at stopping the rush, he was also pretty good at rushing quarterbacks and running backs as a defensive lineman too. He picked up almost 400 tackles in his four-year career, and because of that success at South Harrison, he's ben invited as a preferred walk-on at WVU.
"It's close to home. It's not too far. I like the area and the people up there," Rush said.
But like most others playing this week, he's excited to play with the best of the best in the state before heading to Morgantown.
"Meeting all the players, the best players in the state, and getting to go at it one last time. It's everyone from the top school just coming out and playing," Rush said.
Rush says he's going to study Sports Management, and hopes to pursue a coaching career after his days in Morgantown.