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Montini's DE/ER Luke Cushing Talks About Upcoming Season & Recruiting Class Of 2023 - Name To Watch

So, in a way to better understand the use of Deep Dish Football for lllinois recruits and the whole entire IHSA Football scene. Decided to do player profiles of players who you might not know or you might know , but you should respect them for their roles on their respective teams. Every Football Player Has A Story To Tell

Luke Cushing Montini Class of 2023 DE/ER 6'2 230

Luke Cushing how was your junior season? It was a disappointing season for our team. We didn’t accomplish the things we set out to do this year. But this year motivated us and prompted us to change the way we go about our work. I learned a lot about my game and how to keep progressing going into my senior year. What does football mean to you? Well, I come from a football background. My dad played in the NFL for 6 years and my uncle is currently the Offensive Line Coach at Duke, so the game has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I’m surrounded by it and love the game. I love to compete and want to keep playing it for as long as I can because I love the feeling of stepping in between those lines. What should college coaches know about you? I’m going to give it 100% on and off the field. I won’t sell myself short or anyone else around me short because I want to be successful. I’m going to go to college and strive to not only be the best football player I can be, but be the best man, student, and leader I can be. What do you feel is your strongest trait on the football field? I think my pass rush is where I can separate myself from other players. When you get into the obvious passing situations, I think I excel in rushing the passer and I’m going to prove that in camps this summer and throughout my senior season. My motor helps me do it consistently and I will only continue to develop in this area.

What do you like about playing in the defense? I love the opportunity to hunt and not be hunted. I love being able to make big hits and really just being able to purse the ball carrier. I feel that defense if where you can really bring out that fire and aggression inside. What game are most excited for this upcoming season? Definitely at IC Catholic week one. Last year we sold ourselves short in that game and it provided us with a rough start to the year which was very difficult to try and overcome. It hurt losing that close of a game to that big of a rival. This year we’re motivated to go to their place and walk out with a W and a great start to our season. We know it can be done. Who on Montini is ready to explode this upcoming season? This is tough to choose because so many players on our team are going to have great seasons. But someone who is on the rise and is going to make a big impact for us is rising sophomore wide receiver Donovan Olugbode. He saw varsity action this past year as a freshman and is going to have a breakout year for us and I really think he can be a big-time recruit.

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