Cruz Rushing has had to prove himself on the football field all his life, so this next step will be just another test of his resilience and perseverance that has helped him excel.
Rushing, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound senior defensive back at Tucson Salpointe Catholic, announced Monday night on social media that he will be heading to Arizona State to play football. This is a prime opportunity in the age of the transfer portal that makes it harder for high school athletes to get scholarships for Power 5 schools.
He had 11 tackles in his last high school football game, a loss to Scottsdale Horizon in the 5A Championship game. He finished the season with 80 tackles, 47 solo, for the 9-3 Lancers.
“Coaches have been direct shooters throughout this process,” Rushing said in a direct message. “They only promised me an opportunity to compete. I appreciate that no one lies to me. I plan to work hard and earn a spot in the rotation.
“Hopefully I can try out special teams and show what I can do on the open field. I’ve always had to work hard to achieve the goals I set for myself, so I’m no stranger to that process.”
Will Rushing’s decision direct his brother Elijah, a four-star defensive end in 2024, to Tempe?
Elijah Rushing, 6-foot-5, 220 pounds, is a top prospect in the 2024 class with Pac-12 offers from ASU, Arizona, Utah and Washington.
“My brother will make his own decision when the time comes, but it’s no secret that we love playing together,” Cruz said.
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