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Darius Bush: “Kinetic Energy on Display”

By Barry Every
SouthernPigskin.com
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As a junior he led the team in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown catches.

“His character speaks for itself; I even got a call from a coach at the Mercer Camp saying how well he acted and handled himself whether he won or lost a rep."
~Jenkins HC Jason Cameron

One of the most successful public schools in Southeast Georgia over the last two seasons has been Savannah (Ga.) Jenkins. Head Coach Jason Cameron has led the Warriors to a (21-5) mark and two trips to the GHSA-AAA State Quarterfinals. During this unprecedented success Jenkins has outscored their region foes by the tune of 486 to 144.

 

Much is expected from this team in 2019 as they enter the season as the favorites to capture the number one seed out of Region 3-AAA. Many around the Peach State will find the previous statement ludicrous, but Jenkins’ 2020 class has six players with four or more FBS/FCS offers. As a matter of fact three of their budding stars have tendered over 15 college options.

One of the fasting rising stars on the recruiting circuit is 5-foot-11, 178-pound speedster Darius Bush. As a junior he led the team in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown catches. Bush actually caught 41% of all Jenkins passes completed during the 2018 season. He also carried the ball 20 times for 160 yards and a score. His breakout junior season garnered him First Team All-Region and Second Team All-Greater Savannah-Offense.

His first offer came on March, 20 from the Naval Academy, since that time his suitor list has skyrocketed to a whopping 16 offers. His offers include  Akron, Central Michigan, Coastal Carolina, Connecticut, Georgia Southern, North Carolina-Charlotte, Southern Miss and UNLV. He is also receiving heavy interest from Troy, Wake Forest and West Virginia. Three schools he would like to hear more from are Florida, Georgia Teach and Purdue.

Six of those offers came immediately after his strong two-way performance at the Mercer Mega Camp held June, 1. Oh, yeah he also ran a 4.47, 4.53 and 4.43 in his three attempts at the 40-yard dash. It didn’t hurt either that he bested the competition at both receiver and cornerback.

“His character speaks for itself; I even got a call from a coach at the Mercer Camp saying how well he acted and handled himself whether he won or lost a rep,” Cameron said. “He’s a guy that if he shows up with high energy at practice then the whole team will have a great practice that day. He is simply are sparkplug.”

College football coaches are always looking for multi-sport stars since it translates to performance on the gridiron. Bush starred on the ball diamond as a centerfielder and pitcher. This past year he batted .283 while stealing 14 bases of 15 attempts.

His current weight room numbers in the three critical lifts are a 220-pound bench, 455-pound squat and a 235-pound power clean. More importantly is his standing in the classroom where he holds a 2.9 core GPA and has attained a 1050 on the SAT. Bush may take the test again; he has a personal goal of scoring over 1200.

“Last year he primarily played offense for us and he proved to be very explosive,” Cameron said. “He is the type of kid that can take it to the house anytime he touches the ball. Offensively he is ideal at the next level in a RPO and bubble screen offense. He’ll take that two-yard pass and turn it into a 50-yard gain.”

Bush has already made unofficial visits to Coastal Carolina, Mercer and North Carolina-Charlotte. With the Mercer Mega camp in the rearview mirror he hopes to make camps at both Wake Forest and West Virginia.

“To be honest I would classify Darius as an athlete that could play either side of the ball,” Cameron said. “I’ve had several schools inquire about his willingness and ability to play defensive back. This fall he will be playing both sides of the ball for us.”

After making his mark at receiver does it bother Bush if schools prefer his extreme speed and ball skills on the defensive side?

“I’ve told some schools already that I’m a football player; I’ll play wherever I need too,” Bush said. “I’m fast on my feet, have very good top end speed and soft hands. Defensively I can tell what the routes are going to be before the receiver makes their first break. Offensively I come hard off the snap of the ball, possess good change of direction and I know how to find the holes in the defense. I’m fine with playing either side of the ball at next level.”

 

Despite recruiting being up front and center in this young athlete’s life, leading Jenkins to a Region Championship and making a trip to the GHSA Finals is a more immediate goal.

“I’ll be playing both sides of the ball this year, so I have to be in great condition for our team to have great success,” Bush said. “I have to make sure to make good tackles and work on separating from defenders. Being a good leader is also important because we will eventually face adversity during the season that we must overcome.”

Speed is always one of the main criteria college coaches use to evaluate potential. Bush not only exudes quick-twitch muscles fiber, he has proven to be a fearless and unrelenting. His enthusiasm is contagious, spreading to everyone in close proximity. His high energy is oh so crucial to Jenkins’ success this season and that same energy should be the third criteria recruiters use to evaluate his long term potential.