Here's the first of the three-part preview of the Diamond Dawgs' 2013 campaign.
Born in Oakland, Calif. ... son of Cheryl and Joe Cushing ... has an older brother, Cody ... planning to major in business.
WASHINGTON 2013: Saw his first college action defensively late in the fourth game of the UC Davis series.
CAMPOLINDO HIGH SCHOOL
Earned four varsity letters at Campolindo, playing for coach Max Luckhurst and teaming with fellow UW freshman Austin Rei ... captain of the team as a senior, when Campolindo won the CIF North Coast Section Division II championship, beating Dougherty Valley in the title game at the Oakland Coliseum ... helped lead the Cougars to a 23-4-1 record as a senior ... team finished ranked No. 1 in the state (Division II) ... helped lead Campolindo to three consecutive Diablo Foothill League championships and three straight district titles ... named a scholar-athlete all four years and graduated with a 3.75 grade point average ... first-team all-league and All-East Bay as a sophomore and junior and honorable mention All-America as a senior.