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Tommy Bush no longer considering Nebraska
Even before the recruiting dead period ends, Nebraska will have to take one of its top targets off the board. Tommy Bush, a 4-star wide receiver from Schertz, Texas, confirmed via text message to Land of 10 on Wednesday he is no longer looking at Nebraska.
Bush said he would shift his focus to three or four schools: Georgia, Baylor, Michigan State and perhaps Ole Miss.
“We are shutting down the recruitment at this time,” Bush texted Land of 10 regarding Nebraska. “Just not enough time get to really know Coach [Scott] Frost. I know they will do great things, just not sure I fit.”
Landing Bush was always a long shot for the Huskers. The fact Bush and his family even strongly considered Nebraska is an impressive recruiting feat; Bush has received 46 offers throughout his recruitment.
Former wide receivers coach Keith Williams laid serious groundwork with Bush. That led to Bush and his family taking an official visit to Nebraska the weekend of Oct. 7 for the Wisconsin game. The visit left a solid impression on Bush and his parents. But the Huskers’ lack of success on the field resulted in the firing of Mike Riley and his entire staff.
Frost and his new staff identified Bush as one of the few targets the former staff prioritized that they themselves also liked. During the December visiting period, the Huskers made two separate in-home visits. Offensive line coach Greg Austin made the initial contact; offensive coordinator and receivers coach Troy Walters subsequently visited with the No. 37 receiver in the 2018 class per the 247Sports composite. Bush only had good things to say of his potential future position coach in the aftermath of that visit.
But Nebraska wasn’t the only school working hard on him. Baylor has been a constant presence with Bush for a long time. Georgia entered the picture late but made a strong pitch during his official visit the weekend before the early signing period. Michigan State hosted Bush for an official visit in the fall and have since maintained favorable position with him. Even now, Ole Miss and Florida are still trying to get Bush on campus.
At this point, I think the Bulldogs are the ones to beat. Jeff Sentell at DawgNation recapped Bush’s official visit in December in detail. The comments from Bush and his parents make it abundantly clear they were impressed.
Why didn’t things work out between Bush and Nebraska? I don’t think distance or location played a pivotal factor. Bush and his father, Tommy Bush Sr., broke down all of the games from the schools they were interested in. I think it came down to a preference for a more pro-style system Bush can be featured in, rather than the spread option Frost will deploy in Lincoln. Notice how Bush mentioned “fit” in his text message? It was always something apparent in our conversations. I also think he genuinely likes the coaches. He just had apprehensions about the scheme.
At the end of the day, Bush’s decision to move on from Nebraska and focus on the other schools came down to where he’d be best-suited to showcase NFL aptitude.
Mike Williams commits to Nebraska, other wide receiver options
Junior college receiver Mike Williams committed to the Huskers on Wednesday, announcing the decision on Twitter.
— Mike Williams (@Mike_Williams07) January 10, 2018
The Huskers offered Williams just three days ago, so this process moved rather quickly. He will be on campus for his official visit this weekend, but in reality it will be more of a move-in, allowing him to participate in workouts and start attending classes beginning Monday.
As for other wideouts, Bush isn’t the only one Nebraska has missed on this cycle. Aside from the de-commitments of 4-star receivers Cameron Brown and Joshua Moore in December, the Huskers also missed on targets such as Jeshaun Jones and Joshua Fleeks.
Frost has said that the lack of scholarship players at wide receiver is relatively alarming, so it’s certainly a position of need in this class. In addition to Williams, the Huskers have brought in 3-star prospects Jaron Woodyard and Justin McGriff at the position. But they’ll look to add at least two more down the stretch. Some names to keep an eye on include Chris Olave, Andre Hunt, Geordon Porter and Isaah Crocker — all of whom are from California.
Official visit updates
Another offensive lineman has scheduled his official visit to Lincoln. Three-star prospect Nigel Brannon has penciled in a visit with the Huskers for the weekend of Feb. 2. The 6-foot-5, 333-pound Brannon is a native of Oklahoma City, where he attends John Marshall High School. He is currently committed to Memphis, but has seen his offer list grow considerably due to a strong senior season.
Those offers include Ole Miss, Washington State and LSU. The No. 130 tackle in the class, Brannon will have a busy January filled with visits. Next weekend he will check out Ole Miss before heading to Memphis for his official visit with the Tigers. Then, the Huskers will have the final crack at him, on the final weekend before National Signing Day on Feb. 7.
Another visitor that weekend will be 3-star receiver Dominick Watt. He had been scheduled to visit this upcoming weekend, but the staff asked him to push the visit back.
Running back Ta’Zhawn Henry was also supposed to visit this weekend, but will have to postpone those plans as well. The Huskers are targeting a couple of other running backs, so it will be interesting to see if they told Henry to wait a couple of weekends so the backfield picture becomes clearer for both sides.
Henry, a 3-star prospect from Lamar High in Houston, named the Huskers to his top 4 Sunday, along with Texas Tech, Utah and Oregon State. He is scheduled to visit the Beavers next weekend. He is also close with 4-star safety target Cam’ron Jones, who will be back for an unofficial visit this weekend. The two hoped to be in Lincoln together now; it will be interesting to see if this development means Nebraska feels good about someone such as Maurice Washington (they should), who will take his official visit this weekend.
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