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Tommy Bush finds official visit ‘first class’
To hear that a recruit described his official visit as “first class” can only be a good thing, and that’s exactly how 4-star wide receiver Tommy Bush characterized his visit to Nebraska. Bush was in Lincoln on Oct. 7 for the Cornhuskers’ matchup against Big Ten West foe Wisconsin.
Bush caught up with Nebraska coach Mike Riley and receivers coach Keith Williams. He is quite familiar with Williams, he said, because the two chat every two or three days. The experience of seeing a regular-season game at Memorial Stadium was a thrill for Bush.
“[The] game atmosphere was absolutely crazy,” Bush told Land of 10. “There was, like, little kids that knew me. People told me it would be like that when I got out there, but to kind of see it for myself, it was really great.”
Bush wasn’t the only big-name recruit on campus that weekend. Five-star defensive end Micah Parsons (Harrisburg, Pa.) was also in town, as was 2018 Nebraska commit Brendan Radley-Hiles, who Bush met at The Opening earlier this year. Also in attendance was Joshua Moore, who Bush knows from attending camps in Texas.
“They were pretty nice guys,” Bush said of meeting other recruits on the trip.
The trip was Bush’s first official visit. His remaining official visits will not necessarily reflect his “top five,” but will likely be trips that are further away from his home, to be more cost effective. Therefore, it would be imprudent to read too much into where Bush takes his other official visits.
Bush, who attends Samuel Clemens (Schertz, Texas), is ranked No. 175 overall in 247Sports’ composite rankings, and is the No. 53 wide receiver in the Class of 2018. He will visit Texas this weekend for its matchup against Oklahoma State.
Bush said he and his father break down film of the top teams on his radar to figure out, as his dad says, “who is on the hot seat.” He’s being patient with this process so he’ll be in a position to stick with his original choice once he makes up his mind.
“What I don’t want to do is commit to a school, go there and sign there, and then have the coach be let go,” Bush said. “Then, a new coaching staff comes in and I end up playing for somebody that didn’t even recruit me. So I’m really trying to avoid that.
“I know people are like, ‘Hey, this is taking a long time. People are committing.’ I really just want to take my time and make sure I get it right.”
Of course, Bush could be alluding to Nebraska here, as the lack of results on the field have led to speculation that Riley and his staff could be on their way out. A decision to remove Riley would cause ripples throughout Nebraska’s entire recruiting class. Whether new athletic director Bill Moos allows Riley a full season of evaluation (2018) will prove pivotal in Nebraska’s recruiting world.
Bush didn’t call out Nebraska by name when discussing his desire to stick with his first choice. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to wait, either. In our conversation, it became clear that Bush values his relationship with his coaches and wants to play for individuals he knows and trusts. However, he offered Ole Miss’ situation with interim coach Matt Luke as an example of why he’s hesitant to commit early. He likes Luke and the staff at Ole Miss, but if they’re not retained, then odds are he won’t end up at Ole Miss. It’s not unreasonable to say the same could be true about Nebraska.
Therefore, Bush will not be utilizing the new early signing period in December and likely won’t commit until January, he said. All 14 experts who have voted on Bush’s 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions page have Bush going to Texas. This weekend, while technically an unofficial visit, should be a big one for him.
“Texas is definitely heading up,” he told The Subway Alum. “I believe they are really buying into the system coach [Tom Herman] is teaching, and it’s showing.”
Bush also took an unofficial visit to Baylor this season. He owns 45 offers. Nebraska needs to figure out a way to be the last one standing.
Where does Tommy Bush fit in Nebraska’s plans?
Any coach would love to have a 6-foot-5 wide receiver with superb speed (Bush runs a 4.47 40-yard dash, according to 247Sports). The Cornhuskers currently have two other wide receiver pledges in its 2018 class (Cameron Brown and Moore). The addition of Bush would mean they would be bringing in three 4-star wideouts, which would mimic exactly what they did last year (Tyjon Lindsey, Jaevon McQuitty, Keyshawn Johnson Jr.).
That sounds like a bit of a crowded receivers room, and it will be interesting to see how that numbers game impacts Bush’s decision. Bush didn’t seem too concerned about early playing time when we spoke, but he is ready to jump right in.
Bush said he likes that Nebraska’s offense is pro-style and balanced. He was encouraged by some freshman receivers seeing playing time, but if the coaching staff wants him to wait a year to learn the system or add weight, he’ll have no issue doing that.
Bush’s tall frame makes him a natural threat in the red zone, but his bread and butter is the deep ball. Here are his senior highlights through six games:
Bush has 17 catches for 224 yards with 5 touchdowns for Samuel Clemens.
“I like to take the deep shot. I like the deep ball,” Bush said. “I like the red zone, the fade. I like to get physical in the run game to block if I have to stick my nose in there.”
Bush said his weight is up to 193 pounds and wants to make himself a presence across the middle and the type of player who can absorb a big hit or turn a short pass into a touchdown.
“I can run any route. I’m versatile,” Bush said. “The comeback, the slant. I can go across the middle.”
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