Former Virginia Tech quarterback A.J. Bush has been chasing a chance to start at a Power 5 conference throughout his collegiate career and it appears he’ll receive his final opportunity at Illinois.
Bush started his career at Nebraska but left after two seasons and spent a year at Iowa Western Community College before signing with Virginia Tech. After backing up Josh Jackson in 2017 and facing a crowded quarterback room this offseason, he elected to transfer again, this time as a graduate student who is immediately eligible to play.
According to a report from Jeremy Werner of Illini Inquirer, Bush will use his final season of eligibility playing for Lovie Smith and the Fighting Illini after liking what he saw on a three-day unofficial visit earlier this month.
“What really stood out for me on the visit was the embrace from the coaching staff and basically the vibe, camaraderie and culture they have there,” Bush said. “It’s really special. They really make you feel at home and at ease. I got a lot of time in with some of the coaches. We just hit it off well.
For Bush, it also probably helps that Illinois has one scholarship quarterback left on the roster after a pair of defections this offseason. Freshman Cam Thomas appeared in four games and made two starts for the Fighting Illini in 2017.
So Bush should have an incredible opportunity to finally realize his dream of being a starting quarterback in one of the top conferences in college football.
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