Air Force Offers Athens Linebacker Noah Bush
Noah Bush is two-thirds of the way to a United States armed services academy triple crown.
The United States Air Force Academy invited the junior Athens linebacker to join its program upon graduation next year. Air Force is the second school to show hard interest and followed a few weeks behind Army.
Bush (6-1, 216) announced the Air Force offer through his personal Twitter account Friday afternoon.
Air Force reached the Mountain West Conference championship game last season. A loss to San Diego State pushed the Falcons into a date with California in the Armed Forces Bowl, where the 2015 campaign ended with a defeat for an 8-6 overall record.
A big thing for the armed forces academies is how they perform against each other. Air Force defeated Army in Colorado Springs and fell on the road to a Navy team that finished its year ranked.
Head coach Troy Calhoun, a former Air Force quarterback, will begin his ninth season leading the Falcons in September. He has a 67-50 record with the school and is one year removed from his best season, a 10-3 record in 2014.
Air Force graduates are generally absorbed into the United States Air Force or other branches of the military after completing their time at the academy.
Bush isn't the only player the Falcons are interested in obtaining. The program has standing offers out for Hooks athlete Jordan Johnson and Tatum linebacker D'Torian Smith.
Air Force also wanted John Tyler quarterback Bryson Smith, but the signal caller committed to Houston on Friday.
Armed services academies in general have been very active within the region while building their 2017 recruiting classes.
Army wants Bush as well as Arp running back Kayce Medlock.
Navy is targeting Medlock, Tyler Bishop Gorman receiver Judah Bell and Tyler Lee safety Makyle Sanders.
Bush registered 151 tackles — five behind the line of scrimmage — with nine quarterback pressures and an interception during his junior year as Athens worked out to a Class 4A Division I area round appearance and an 8-4 overall record.
The linebacker most recently attended the ETSN.fm + APEC Football Recruiting Combine in Tyler. Highlights included 19 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, an output of 3,514 watts on the Keiser squat machine and a 4.67-second laser-timed 40-yard dash.
All college football prospects currently in their junior year of high school become eligible to sign with any program that offers them in February.
2017 East Texas Football Players With Division I FBS Offers
- Judah Bell, Tyler Bishop Gorman, WR, 6-3, 180 — offers from Bowling Green, Coastal Carolina, Houston, Kansas, Memphis, Navy, New Mexico, North Texas, SMU, ULL, ULM, UTSA, Wyoming (13)
- Noah Bush, Athens, LB, 6-1, 216 — offers from Air Force, Army (2)
- Lagaryonn Carson, Liberty-Eylau, DE, 6-4, 261 — committed to Texas; additional offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Baylor, North Texas, Oklahoma, TCU, Tennessee, Texas A&M (9)
- Trestan Ebner, Henderson, WR, 5-11, 180 — offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, Arkansas State, Colorado State, Houston, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi State, Missouri, North Texas, Ole Miss, SMU, Syracuse, UTSA, TCU, Texas A&M, Tulsa (18)
- Montrell Estell, Hooks, WR/DB, 6-2, 180 — committed to Texas; additional offers from Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas, Baylor, Kansas, Notre Dame, SMU, Texas A&M, Texas State, Texas Tech, Tulane (12)
- Octavius Evans, Center, WR, 6-2, 186 — offers from Indiana, Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Texas State, ULL (7)
- Ted Fuller, Harleton, RB, 5-11, 195 — offer from ULM (1)
- Tre Gatlin, Carthage, DE, 6-6, 210 —offer from Wyoming (1)
- Austin Hawley, Gladewater, DB, 6-1, 200 — offer from ULM (1)
- Kollin Hurt, Gilmer, DB, 6-3, 175 — offers from Louisiana Tech, ULM (2)
- Jordan Johnson, Hooks, ATH, 6-0, 195 — committed to Air Force (1)
- Kayce Medlock, Arp, ATH, 5-9, 186 — offers from Army, Colorado, Navy, SMU, Tulane, ULL (6)
- Damion Miller, John Tyler, WR, 6-1, 189 — committed to Texas; additional offers from Baylor, Houston, Kansas, Missouri, North Texas, Oklahoma State; Ole Miss; SMU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech (11)
- LaMarcus Morton, Gilmer, WR, 6-2, 175 — offers from Arkansas State, Colorado State, Houston, Indiana, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, Texas Tech, Tulsa, ULL, ULM, UTSA (11)
- Javontavius Mosley, John Tyler, CB, 6-1, 170 — committed to UTSA; additional offers from Arkansas State, Houston, Memphis, North Texas, SMU, Southern Miss, Texas State, ULL, ULM (10)
- Cade Pearson, Texas High, QB, 6-3, 193 — offer from Wyoming (1)
- Dhailon Phillips, Lufkin, WR, 6-3, 195 — offer from Texas State (1)
- Kordell Rodgers, Lufkin, QB/ATH, 5-10, 165 — offers from Arkansas State, Texas State, ULM (3)
- Makyle Sanders, Tyler Lee, S, 6-1, 177 — offers from Memphis, Navy (2)
- Bryson Smith, John Tyler, QB/ATH, 6-0, 170 — committed to Houston; additional offers from Air Force, Arkansas State, Bowling Green, Memphis, New Mexico, North Texas, Purdue, SMU, Southern Miss, Texas State, Tulane, Tulsa, ULL, ULM, UTSA (16)
- D’Torian Smith, Tatum, LB, 6-3, 225 — offer from Air Force (1)
- Major Tennison, Bullard, TE, 6-6, 248 — committed to Texas; additional offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, SMU, Texas Tech (12)
- Josh Thompson, Nacogdoches, CB, 6-0, 182 — offered by Arkansas State, Colorado State, Houston, Kansas, Kansas State, Louisiana Tech, Minnesota, Missouri, North Texas, Ohio, Oklahoma State, SMU, TCU, Texas State, Texas Tech, Tulane, ULM, Utah, UTSA, Washington State, Wyoming (21)
- Traveion Webster, Longview, S, 6-0, 197 — offered by ULM (1)