Wyoming has picked up their fifth verbal commitment in the 2016 recruiting class in landing Aurora, Nebraska offensive guard Gavin Rush. Rush joins fellow Nebraskan in Norfolk Catholic linebacker David Engelhaupt. He is also the second offensive lineman verbal for the Cowboys joining North Dakota offensive tackle Dustin Weeks.
When it comes to Rush's recruitment, a little patience was needed and his patience was rewarded in the end. The 6'3", 285-pounder had visited Laramie three times within the year hoping for a scholarship to come his way. On June 27th, following one of Wyoming's summer camps, his wish was granted. Both Engelhaupt and Rush were offered that day and now have since become Cowboys.
"They (Wyoming) have been recruiting me since the beginning of my junior year. I've known ever since I got the offer. My parents just wanted me to wait a couple of weeks to make sure I was positive in my decision."
When it came to picking the Cowboys, this is what Rush had to say.
"I picked Wyoming because it was the perfect fit for me as a player. I felt comfortable on campus. Coach (Scott) Fuchs was my recruiter and he was one of the main reasons I'm going to Wyoming. The way he coaches and his philosophies are exactly what I want in a coach."
"I'm ready to work my tail off to win a Mountain West championship!"
Location and the emphasis the Wyoming coaching staff has in recruiting Nebraska prospects were also major pluses in landing Rush.
When it came to location Rush said, "It’s a really easy drive (six-hours straight on I-80) and my parents will be able to make it to games. That really played a big role.”
Rush picked the Cowboys over FCS powers North Dakota State, South Dakota State and Montana (had other FCS offers and Nebraska interest as well).