Reggie Bush: The Best High School Player, According to Lane Kiffin

Lane Kiffin has been involved in the recruitment and playing of exceptional high school athletes for over 30 years, but he recently identified one standout player from his vast experience: Reggie Bush.

The recognition came about when Kiffin responded to a 247 Sports’ Twitter post inviting followers to mention the best high school football player they’ve personally witnessed. Kiffin’s choice was unhesitatingly Reggie Bush.

Bush, a prodigious athlete at Helix High School in La Mesa, California, excelled as a running back, playing alongside future No. 1 NFL Draft pick Alex Smith. He was also a renowned track star, excelling in sprints.

After being a five-star recruit, Bush proceeded to the University of Southern California (USC), where he shone brightly for a Pete Carroll-led Trojans team during their dynasty years. His outstanding performance earned him the Heisman Trophy in 2005. Notably, Kiffin served as an offensive coach for the Trojans during Bush’s entire tenure at the team.

Although Bush’s impact in the NFL didn’t reach the heights of his high school and college years, his achievements at these levels remain indisputable. The most thrilling footage of Bush is arguably from his extraordinary 2005 game against Fresno State, where his performance was akin to a video game avatar. Here’s a highlight video of Bush from his high school days:

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