Adrian Bushell the 5-foot-11, 175-pound three-star athlete (cornerback/wide receiver) from DeSoto, Texas, says he has narrowed his favorites to five choices from among 23 scholarship offers.
Bushell says he now favors Oklahoma State slightly over Florida, Louisville, Nebraska and Oregon. All of his favorites have offered, except the Ducks.
"I was hearing a lot about Oregon before the season and that they'd be a team to keep an eye on," Bushell said. "Now they are having a great season and it's just really made me interested in them."
Some of the other schools that Bushell says has offered him are Michigan, Oklahoma, California, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, SMU and TCU, among others. Bushell says the school that is recruiting him the hardest is Nebraska. "They keep in contact with me the most," he said. "They email me a lot and they just touch base and see what's going on with me and my team.
"I know they've had their ups and downs this year, but they said they really need playmakers and that I'd have a good chance to play early. They are rebuilding and it would be cool to help them get back on top. I've heard the rumor about the coaches, but that's not how I'm gonna base my decision. I'm not thinking about the coaches and as long as they keep recruiting me I'll be looking at them."
Bushell, ranked as the No. 54 wide receiver in the country by Scout.com, says the Huskers are recruiting him as a cornerback, as are Florida and Oklahoma State. Louisville, however, has talked with Bushell about playing both corner and receiver.
"I'm real physical and love playing offense and defense," he said. "On offense I'm very elusive and can make something out of nothing. I still want to improve my strength (benches 250 pounds, squats 315) and my coverage. I'm working on doing lots of drills to improve my technique."
Although he hasn't set up any official visits yet, he says he plans to do so soon. "I was supposed to visit Nebraska in October, but had some family stuff come up and couldn’t go. I plan to take at least two or three visits before I decide.
"I really just want to go where I'll have an opportunity to play," he said. "That’s the most important thing to me."
Bushell says he followed Miami as a youngster, not surprising since he was actually born in Miami, Fla., and split much of his time between Florida and Texas. "I just loved the Miami swagger," he said. "They are recruiting me a little, but I'm not really looking at them."
It's actually another school down south that has piqued Bushell's interest. "Florida is another school that I've always kind of liked," he said about the Gators. "They are having a great year and they probably should have won some of those close games this year. I love their style of play and how they do press man coverage. That's what we do."
Besides Florida, the only other school that Bushell has already visited (unofficially) is Oklahoma State. "I really like the campus and the town," he said. "It wasn't like what I expected. I thought there'd be nothing out there, but it's really nice and fun. It just really surprised me. I also really like how the team treated me. I know a few guys on the team already and they all treated me like I was one of them. It was great."
DeSoto High School is 7-2 and Bushell has 400 yards receiving and seven touchdowns. Defensively, he has 20 tackles and two interceptions.
Bushell reports a 2.9 core GPA and an 820 SAT. He is taking the ACT on Dec. 8.