Where does UGA stand with 4-star target Tommy Bush?
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 rundown for Monday offers an update on 4-star wide receiver Tommy Bush, a quick check on just how committed 5-star outside linebacker Nolan Smith is to UGA and an overview of the prospects who were in town over the weekend on their official visits.
Tommy Bush is a humble young man. He understands how blessed he is.
All Gods glory, and through my best and worst I trust God and what he's going to do for me
— 11 (@TheTommyBush11) January 19, 2018
That said, if he makes it big catching fades on Sundays, I will not fault him one bit if he opts to avoid commercial flights when he can.
Bush was at Ole Miss over the weekend for his fourth official visit. His initial return flight back home was delayed. Of course.
Its official, I have the worst luck for flying
— 11 (@TheTommyBush11) January 22, 2018
But this story sounds like something that belongs in “The Official Visit: The Movie” if Hollywood ever wanted to green light such a project.
“They said some service dog had an accident in the seat,” Bush said. “So they had to change out the seat, plus bad weather in Dallas.”
The flight ended up being delayed 2½ hours. It was 9 p.m. before he finally made it home to Schertz, Texas.
That repeats the chorus from his third official visit, the one he took to UGA. Bush and his family were thankful for the “above and beyond” treatment they received while his return flights were delayed multiple times.
He also experienced travel delays on his official visit to Michigan State.
Bush took some time during the weekend to update DawgNation on where things stand with his recruitment. To start with, it seems as if he has made a change in the timing and manner of his commitment.
He said he had hoped to commit to a college before National Signing Day on Feb. 7. That still might be the case, but he said he won’t make a public pronouncement when he does.
Texas hopped into the picture for Bush last week, but the wide receiver said nothing had changed regarding with the way he views UGA.
“No, sir, they are still good with me,” Bush told DawgNation
The thinking is he will use another official visit before he shares his final decision in a ceremony airing on ESPN from Samuel Clemens High School in Schertz. That’s not too far from San Antonio.
That is close to both Baylor (175 miles approximately) and Texas (65 miles approximately). He also has taken official visits to Nebraska and Michigan State.
That trip to Lincoln, Neb., was to see the Mike Riley staff, and the 6-foot-5 standout has since shucked that program from his list of contenders. Baylor and Michigan State still seem to be the other main contenders for Bush.
Was Antoine Green official visit connected to Tommy Bush?
Despite the scant space in the UGA class, it sounds as if Bush is still very much in the picture with UGA.
Bush said Georgia offensive coordinator Jim Chaney has spoken to him twice recently. Chaney even paid him a visit last week.
“He’s a low-pressure recruiter,” Bush said. “My dad says maybe [he’s using] reverse psychology.”
He also used the term “great people” to describe how he feels about his connection with UGA.
The Bulldogs welcomed 3-star receiver Antoine Green on an official visit over the weekend, but he should not be seen as an alternative to Bush. The 6-2, 185-pound prospect ranks as the nation’s No. 67 receiver prospect for this cycle.
Green also has official visits set for Ole Miss and Tennessee. The former Florida State commit also has visited Florida State (Dec. 15) and North Carolina (Jan. 12) so far. There are reports that Ohio State is also in the mix.
The Green visit sounds like a good insurance policy with a recruit whom receivers coach James Coley has known for quite some time. He tested well at Nike’s The Opening Orlando regional last February with a 4.50 showing in the 40 and a 37.5-inch vertical leap.
He tweeted a few pictures from his official visit. Those garnered the attention of both Class of 2018 quarterback Justin Fields and wide receiver Kearis Jackson on social media.
— Antoine Green (@_yg_qualified) January 21, 2018
— Kearis Jackson (@king_kearis) January 22, 2018
Make that move!! 🐶 https://t.co/13obOXnSJ7
— Justin Fields (@justnfields) January 22, 2018
What does the film look like for Green? I have embedded his Hudl highlights below.
A strong sign of stability regarding 5-star OLB Nolan Smith
Owen Pappoe continues to be seen as Georgia’s biggest remaining target for the Class of 2019, even though it’s early. The 5-star ranks as the nation’s No. 1 outside linebacker prospect among juniors on the 247Sports composite.
He was at UGA again this weekend. That was noteworthy, in part, because it meant that he wasn’t at Clemson’s big junior day event.
The wide-ranging interview also included a comment about the 2019 class. If Pappoe were to eventually choose UGA, then he’d become at least the fourth 5-star pledge in the class.
That tally already lists 5-star WRs Jadon Haselwood and Dominick Blaylock and a rare edge defender in Georgia native Nolan Smith. DawgNation asked Pappoe which member of the 2019 class was lobbying the hardest on behalf of UGA.
Pappoe said that was Smith. Without question.
“Nolan by far,” Pappoe said while failing to hold back a big laugh. “He’s just a funny guy. He has a lot of energy. He’ll be a good salesman if he ever tried that. He knows how to recruit.”
Does the staff have to worry about the Nolan Smith commitment?
“No,” Pappoe said. “Not at all. He’ll have fun with the media a little bit, but he knows he is going to Georgia.”
Let’s say we ranked all the commits who are either signed in 2018 or pledged for 2019. The opinion here is that Smith would be among the top 5 players heading to UGA in either class.
Smith is just that good. That’s a nod to a rare 6-3, 230-pound edge defender who should very well clock 4.4s in his 40-yard time this spring on the camp circuit.
Smith, who is from Savannah, plays at IMG Academy in Florida, and he already has turned heads with a 40-inch vertical leap. He was one of those rare juniors at The Opening last summer.
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