Salpointe’s Cruz Rushing commits to ASU as preferred walk-on

Salpointe Class of 2022 safety Cruz Rushing announced today via Twitter that he has committed to attend Arizona State.

His decision could impact that of his younger brother Elijah Rushing, a Class of 2024 standout defensive end who has been offered a scholarship by Arizona, ASU, Utah and Washington.

Arizona and ASU had each offered Cruz Rushing a preferred walk-on spot going into the 2022 season.

“After a great deal of prayer and talking things over with my parents, I have decided to bet on myself and commit to Arizona State University,” Cruz Rushing mentioned in a Twitter post.

His father George Rushing, a Miami product, played at Florida as a tight end under Steve Spurrier.

In an AllSportsTucson.com article earlier this month, the elder Rushing said it is “a strong possibility” the brothers will play together in college.

“We would love for the two of them to play together, yes,” said George Rushing, who is the director of Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona.

Cruz Rushing, 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds, had 80 tackles this season including two for loss and he caused a fumble.

Commitments are non-bonding.


ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon. He became an educator five years ago and is presently a special education teacher at Gallego Fine Arts Intermediate in the Sunnyside Unified School District.

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