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Tommy Bush won’t mind moving across the country for college.
A military child, Bush lived in Germany from the time he was 5 until he was 10 while his father was stationed at Ramstein Air Base. After that, his family moved to Florida then eventually to Texas, where he is a star receiver at Samuel Clemens High in Schertz.
After all of that moving, going up to the cold of Michigan State shouldn’t be an issue. And that’s good, seeing how the Spartans will be in high consideration after offering Bush, rated a 3-star receiver by 247Sports, in January.
“It really helped with this recruiting process knowing that we have a school that’s believed in us since freshman year,” the junior said. “And for them to finally offer sets that love shown. It really means a lot to us, and we’re definitely going to consider it.”
Bush opts for “we” instead of “I” because the final college decision won’t be his alone. He needs to know that his parents feel just as strongly about it as he does.
Michigan State has stood out in that regard. Wide receivers coach Terrence Samuel and co-defensive coordinator Harlon Barnett have impressed Bush and his family with their frankness.
“They were just straight to the point,” Bush said. “The way they talked, they knew exactly what they were talking about. They knew exactly what they wanted to do with me. They’ve been invested in me for a very long time, and for them to offer me an opportunity to go there, it really means a lot.”
Bush has watched several Michigan State games and knows many alumni of the program. He has researched the academic programs and what it would take to pursue a kinesiology or physical therapy degree.
The next step will be getting up to East Lansing for a visit. Nothing has been planned yet, but Bush and his family are “trying to plan one around springtime, hopefully.”
The Spartans will want to get something set up soon, because Bush continues to blow up. After Michigan State offered, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, SMU, TCU and several others soon followed.
More will likely come soon, as Bush showed rare athleticism for a 6-foot-5 player at the Houston regional of The Opening last weekend. He ran a 4.47-second 40-yard dash and recorded a vertical leap of 36.4 inches.
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“I’m not surprised, because I work extremely hard all the time,” Bush said of his performance. “It was just a matter of that I had to do it at the big stage. I’m always working. I was just happy that I actually got what I wanted.”
He said Florida, Georgia and Texas A&M have begun to show considerable interest, as well. As he looks to narrow things down, he said scheme or position won’t be as important as simply finding the right fit.
“I’m just gonna play football wherever they put me,” he said. “It’s about choosing the best school overall.”
On Thiyo Lukusa’s reported departure
Rumors had been spreading and on Tuesday, reports surfaced that Michigan State OT Thiyo Lukusa would in fact leave the program.
Michigan State will certainly suffer from the loss, as Lukusa came in as a true freshman and contributed immediately during the 2016 season. Plus, the Spartans are already losing seniors Kodi Kieler and Miguel Machado. Another loss at tackle really hurts.
Of the four freshmen Michigan State is bringing in on the offensive line, only Mustafa Khaleefah projects as a clear-cut tackle. Jordan Reid could potentially play the part as well, but it’s not certain.
As for 2018, the Spartans may well look to stock up. They’ve got a couple of top in-state targets in mind — 4-star Traverse City West OT Ryan Hayes and 3-star Grand Rapids Catholic Central OT Jalen Mayfield — as well as one who appears less likely in 4-star Muskegon prospect Antwan Reed.
Take one guy off the list, though. Four-star North Stafford (Va.) OT Nana Asiedu, who holds a Michigan State offer, released his top 10 on Tuesday and did not include the Spartans.
In focus: Michigan State basketball commitment highlights
Let’s start with 5-star MSU signee Jaren Jackson Jr. The long-armed forward led national powerhouse La Lumiere down to Chattanooga, Tenn., for the Dr. Pepper TEN Classic last weekend. There, he showed his versatility, from his shot-blocking ability in the post to his range extending beyond the 3-point line.
Courtside Films shot the highlights shown above.
Michigan State will be getting a similar player in the 2018 class. Macomb (Mich.) Dakota forward Thomas Kithier does most of his damage in the post, but he can also step away for an outside shot.
The Prep Hoops TV highlight film shown above comes from a Jan. 19 win against Sterling Heights Stevenson and was released Saturday.
Junior point guard Foster Loyer and Clarkston (Mich.) remained undefeated Monday with a 73-68 win against Wayne Memorial. Loyer made his share of big plays, including this lob to Milwaukee signee Dylan Alderson.
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Loyer also did plenty of scoring himself. He dropped 33 points in the contest, 2 of which came from this pretty and-one bucket.
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Loyer’s team remains the AP top-ranked team in Michigan, followed closely by fellow Michigan State commit Xavier Tillman and undefeated Grand Rapids Christian.