Georgia recruiting: 4-star WR Tommy Bush weighing multiple options
Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel will bring at least five days a week. The play sheet for Friday calls for a look at one of Georgia’s official visitors set for this weekend: That’s big Texas wideout Tommy Bush.
It was snowing in Texas this week. Go figure. Tommy Bush Jr., a 4-star wide receiver from that state, shared that via his social media account.
Oh, he also shared something else that might be of interest to UGA fans. He had an in-home visit with Georgia offensive coordinator Jim Chaney.
Bush plans to take an official visit to UGA this weekend. He does so with a few things to keep in mind:
- Between the commits in the 2018 class and potential targets, Georgia has as many options right now as Waffle House can serve up hash browns
- The Bulldogs seem to be set at wide receiver for 2018 with commitments from 4-stars Kearis Jackson and Elijah Moore
- If there’s any wiggle left at receiver, then DawgNation already has chronicled how the class might squeeze in tight to fit Tennessee athlete Alontae Taylor.
So where does Bush fit in? The Bulldogs have shown more than casual interest.
“They have been to a couple of my practices and in the spring,” Bush told DawgNation. “Plus coach Chaney DMs me at least every other week. We have spoken with coach [Kirby] Smart as a family three or four times outside of the unofficial I took there this summer with my parents.”
Scan the Georgia depth chart. Javon Wims will be a pro player next fall. Matt Landers, a very promising redshirt, will be the only player next fall who presents a big target for Jake Fromm the way that Wims did this year.
Bush also could fit that template.
“[Wide receivers coach James] Coach Coley has always been straight with wanting me in Georgia but both [Coley and Smart] told me to take my time,” Bush said. “They are a great group of coaches.”
The 4-star prospect from Texas ranks as the nation’s No. 37 receiver and the No. 193 overall prospect on the 247Sports composite for 2018.
Where Tommy Bush stands
I’m not sure if Bush is anywhere close to a decision; he’s still looking at his options. He will not enroll early. He said he is going to work with his strength and position coach, then report to college after high school graduation.
The 6-foot-4½, 190-pound player thrilled many at Nike’s The Opening regional in Houston earlier this year with his raw athleticism. He finished his senior season with 23 catches for 302 yards (13.2 yards per catch) with 5 scores in 10 games.
But his athleticism seems to indicate an even bigger college ceiling with the right coaching. Bush clocked a 4.47 in the 40-yard dash and a 4.15 short shuttle during The Opening combine testing.
He said to expect a decision from him either at the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 4 or during the late signing day in February.
Does he have any “up there” schools at this time?
“There are more than a few,” he said. “A lot to name. Probably like 10 right now.”
Bush is a talent. With a lot of options. He said he has done his homework on Auburn, Baylor, Florida State, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Vanderbilt.
He said he still needs to learn a lot more about Florida, Georgia, Notre Dame, Texas and Southern Cal.
He would definitely be a big target for this guy.
— Justin Fields (@justnfields) December 8, 2017
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Baylor and Michigan State also have had recent in-home visits.
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— 11 (@TheTommyBush11) November 7, 2017
Bush also made sure to watch the Bulldogs perform in the SEC Championship Game. He was impressed.
“I thought the team did their job,” Bush said. “Played great defense and ran the ball well, plus [Jake] Fromm made good throws when he needed to. I was excited to see them perform like that. They were well-prepared.”
Will there be fallout from loss of Kevin Sherrer?
The loss of Georgia outside linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer will be felt. He’s been an effective recruiter in South Georgia especially. His batting average in that region was excellent for the Bulldogs.
Tyler Clark, Walter Grant and Chauncey Manac are just a few of his victories in that region. He also was one of the lead recruiters for freshman OLB Robert Beal. Sherrer knows football, but he also has a way with young people that they can easily relate to.
That’s why Jeremy Pruitt hired him to be the defensive coordinator at Tennessee. Those two go back to their days under the Friday Night Lights.
Sherrer succeeded Pruitt as the defensive coordinator at Hoover (Ala.) High, and then Pruitt helped with future jobs and connections on the Alabama support staff and then later on at Georgia.
Adam Anderson, who’s now the nation’s No. 1 OLB for 2018, was asked if the loss of Sherrer will affect things with him and UGA. Keep in mind that he does not plan to sign early.
“Not really,” Anderson said.
I think it is safe to say that the SEC championship will help allay any fears on that front. That, combined wtih the general state of upward momentum for the program, will help offset the turnover with Sherrer.
Look for Smart to hire a great motivator and a teacher for that position, but he also will be asked to carry a major amount of weight on the recruiting trail the way Sherrer did.
A few thoughts regarding 4-star TE Luke Ford
Luke Ford, the nation’s No. 2 tight end for 2018, plans to take his official visit to UGA next weekend. That’s the big days for visits, the one that will see most of the commits and other prime targets for the class, such as 5-star Tennessee offensive tackle Cade Mays.
Ford and his family hosted Georgia tight ends coach Shane Beamer this week. Texas visited this week. Michigan also visited on Thursday.
Kirby Smart might make an in-home visit with the Fords in Carterville, Ill., next week.
The recent commitment that Alabama took from 3-star in-state TE Michael Parker effectively takes them out of the race for Ford. That’s what it looks like to me. The Crimson Tide have not made an effort to get an in-home visit with Ford over the last two weeks. Pretty telling there.
The chase for Ford looks as if it will be between Auburn, Georgia, Michigan and Texas. I’ve also learned there is a strong possibility for both Luke and his older brother, Noah, to make their decisions together. Noah Ford, a player in his own right, has been offered a preferred walk-on spot at fullback by several schools. Auburn, Georgia and Texas already have gone that route.
It is still anybody’s guess whether Ford will make his decision during the early period. It could happen. But that one could really go either way.
— L U K E F O R D™ (@lukeredx97) December 7, 2017
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