Big UGA target Tommy Bush Jr. breaks down final month of his recruitment
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There was some discussion that tall Texan Tommy Bush Jr. was going to make his commitment at the Under Armour All-America Game last week.
He opted to continue his recruiting journey for at least for a few more weeks. This is his 18th birthday, so we deemed it appropriate to frame up his thoughts coming out of the dead period.
Bush is the nation’s No. 37 senior wide receiver, according to the 247Sports composite. He told our sister site, Land of 10, this week that he was no longer considering Nebraska. That was one of the three official visits he has taken so far, along with Georgia and Michigan State.
That lines up with what he told DawgNation at the close of the Under Armour event.
It makes sense. Bush visited the Mike Riley staff during the season. There is just not enough time to get to know new coach Scott Frost and his staff.
The 6-foot-5, 191-pound prospect said he was down to Baylor, Georgia and Michigan State. Florida and Ole Miss also are hoping to catch his attention with a late official visit.
He said to look for him to make his commitment sometime in the middle of January, a few weeks before the traditional signing day on Feb. 7.
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The case for UGA with Tommy Bush
Bush is considered a raw but impressive physical talent. He has all the size in the world at 6-foot-5 and 191 pounds. He also can clock in the 4.4s in the 40-yard dash.
But he got better during the Under Armour week working with top coaches and going against elite competition.
He also got the chance to speak with UGA 5-star freshman signee Justin Fields.
“I have been talking to Justin Fields a lot,” Bush said a week ago. “He’s been talking to me for a while now. Since my official visit and a little bit before that.”
The message is standard.
“He just asks me when I am going to decide,” Bush said. “He asks me how I feel about Georgia and everything. Just the basic questions.”
But then it went a little deeper than that.
“Since I have already taken my official there, I already know how I feel about the school,” Bush said. “I am really just talking to him and asking him questions.”
He’s played reporter in his own right. Bush said he quizzed Fields on why he chose Georgia.
“He just kind of spills that back to me,” Bush said. “I mean he’s the best quarterback in the nation. Georgia has got a bright future. They are successful. They are going to be consistent.”
Bush gave Fields a 5-star rating for his efforts representing UGA.
“I’d definitely give him all five stars,” Bush said. “He’s very prideful about Georgia. He’s got a lot of pride in him about playing for Georgia and supporting his future team. He really represents Georgia well.”
The nation’s No. 193 overall prospect had picked the Bulldogs to win the national championship. He said “they had what it took” to take down Alabama.
Could he be part of Georgia’s next run toward a possible SEC championship and national title?
“Georgia is one of my top schools,” Bush said. “I feel good about it. They are going to develop me. They show they care about me as a person. That’s just a good school to consider.”
Why does he feel that way? Be sure to read how the Bush family was deeply impressed by the “first-class” treatment he received on his UGA official visit.
What will Tommy Bush do with his remaining officials?
Bush has been an in-demand recruit. His 247Sports profile page lists 46 college offers.
That’s what happens when a prospect shows at Nike’s The Opening regional that he can clock a 4.47 in the 40 and a 4.15 short shuttle. He paired that with a power ball toss of 36 feet and even a 36.4-inch measure on his vertical.
He told DawgNation he was “probably going” to take two more officials this month. But then he added Thursday morning that those have not been set.
“Hopefully we will try to get them in mid-January and get them back-to-back,” Bush said. “We don’t know what schools yet. But we don’t even know if we are for sure going to take those last two officials yet because it is all about timing.
“We’re going to commit before signing day. A couple of weeks before.”
Which programs are also in the running for his decision?
“It is Michigan State and Baylor,” Bush said. “That’s really about it. Those are the ones we are strongly considering but we are still talking to other schools that are interested in me. But those are the top schools right there.”
What’s the pull toward home-state Baylor?
“Well, for one they are close to home,” he said. “Then, two, they show consistent love from the staff and everything. It is a place where I wanted to be at if football didn’t work out. I have always loved Baylor. They are just a good program.”
Bush has elite size and explosiveness but he did not dominate at the high school level. His MaxPreps stats profile lists him with 48 catches across his 19 games as a junior and senior. Those two-year totals show 14.5 yards per catch for 697 receiving yards and 10 touchdown catches.
Let’s add the necessary balance here. His Samuel Clemens (Scherz, Texas) team was a run-first and run-second option. The Buffaloes ran the ball an average of 36 times per game for 2,046 yards in their 10 games in the 2017 season.
Bush finished with 302 yards receiving. Samuel Clemens had just 680 passing yards for the season. His senior film below shows the flashes of why he had those 46 offers.
Alabama recruiting suffers another big blow
Reports indicate that Alabama assistant Derrick Ansley is now the former defensive backs coach in Tuscaloosa.
Ansley, who has a bright future as a head coach in a few years, had accepted the defensive coordinator’s post at Colorado State. Well, that was trumped by an offer to become the defensive backs coach for Jon Gruden with the Oakland Raiders.
The loss of both Ansley and Jeremy Pruitt has to affect Alabama recruiting for the remainder of the 2018 cycle. Those recruiting relationships matter. The timing won’t leave the Tide with much time to shore up those lost ties to a 5-star prospect such as Tyson Campbell.
The Bulldogs host Campbell this week. The nation’s No. 3 cornerback also was set to take another official visit next weekend to Alabama. Look for the Tide to move quickly to have those new staff members in place.
This topic no doubt will be a sign of things to come for Georgia. That’s the price that comes with SEC championships and national titles. There will be suitors offering professional advancement to the deserving assistants on the staff.
The day is coming when the Bulldogs will have to weather the losses of key staff members such as Dell McGee and Mel Tucker, among others. The staff saw valued outside linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer receive a promotion to become the defensive coordinator for Pruitt at Tennessee.
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