Steubenville linebacker Branko Busick has been anxiously awaiting his first scholarship offer to roll in and the Class of 2009 top 100 player finally got one at the end of last week – and what an offer it is.
JJHuddle caught up with Busick for more.
Steubenville junior linebacker Branko Busick received his first official offer last week and he’s excited to finally see the offer come.
“West Virginia officially offered me,” said Busick. “I was really excited about that and I still am. I was a little nervous that I hadn’t gotten one yet but now I feel great. I owe so much to my coaches, my family and mom and my dad for helping me to get that offer. I’ve been working hard and it’s paying off.”
As a result, West Virginia quickly leap-frogged up his list of favorite schools. In fact, he’s so impressed with West Virginia and new head coach Bill Stewart that he could verbally commit to the Mountaineers soon.
“They’re number two on my list,” said Busick, the son of a former pro wrestler Nick Busic. “I really like the program up there. I actually received handwritten letters from all of the coaches. They wrote them individually and that got my attention. They have a lot going on there. I really like West Virginia and time-wise, I should be making my decision soon. If I got an offer from Penn State, then I’d have to sit down and talk about it with my family.”
Busick (6-2, 225) rounds out his top five schools as Penn State, West Virginia, Miami (Fla.), LSU, Illinois and Pittsburgh.
He took a moment to talk about the No. 1 school on his list, Penn State, where he had recently attended their junior day.
“Penn State went very well,” Busick, who finished third in the state wrestling tournament in the 215-pound class, explained. “The first day me, my mom and my brother went to see the wrestling coach and saw all their facilities. It’s beautiful up there. Then the second day, I had the chance to tour the campus and talk to the (football) coaches and really find out what Penn State is all about. I think Penn State fits me. They’re pretty tough when it comes to linebackers.”
Busick reports a 3.0 grade point average and a 23 on the ACT.