Jaylen Bush is headed to Utica College after the Huntington High School senior accepted an invitation to play football for the school in Upstate New York.
“I picked Utica College because it felt like home and it’s a great environment and atmosphere of great people,” Mr. Bush said. “I want to study in the construction management program and later on have my own construction company.”
Huntington senior Jaylen Bush is headed to Utica College to study construction management and play football
The teenager considered LIU Post, American International College and Ithaca College before finalizing his plans to attend Utica College and play football there. “I’m planning to play safety or linebacker at Utica,” Mr. Bush said.
The senior’s closest friends have been Vinny Caravetto, RJ Moreno, Jack Jamison, Gary Barash, Nasir Youngblood and Rahliek Thomason. They’ve been his teammates on the Blue Devil football and track teams and he is tight with all of them.
“Huntington has shaped me into the person that I am today and it gave me many life skills that I can use in college,” Mr. Bush said. “In my opinion, I think I’m ready for college.”
The teenager cites a high school sports marketing class as the most valuable course he has taken. “It allowed me to see what marketing is and how to be hands-on and create your own ideas,” Mr. Bush said.
Ron Wilson, who works as a Huntington High School dean and football and track coach has been a central figure in Mr. Bush’s life and a key mentor. “Mr. Wilson has been a big influence in my life and also in school,” the teenager said. “He’s always there when you’re down and always has high energy. He’s the greatest person ever. I love him.”
Mr. Bush volunteers with the National Council of Negro Women. He also participates in the Young Leaders youth development organization.
“Huntington has always been a great experience,” Mr. Bush said. “I’m going to miss high school a lot and all my friends and the great people around me. I will always remember my Senior Day in football. It was a wonderful experience that I can’t forget.”