It’s safe to say that December has been a hectic month in the college football recruiting landscape. Considering the turnover of many coaching staffs, coupled with the inaugural early signing period, it’s been a learning experience for both recruits and coaches.
That’s why many prospects, including many of the top-ranked recruits in the 2018 class, intend to wait until the no-contact period ends Jan. 11 before re-evaluating their recruitments.
Samuel Clemens High (Tx.) wide receiver Tommy Bush is among the group continuing to assess his future, and he has no shortage of suitors.
The 6-foot-5 prospect took an official visit Dec. 15 to Georgia before the early signing period, and he’s already taken official visits to Michigan State and Oklahoma. With just two opportunities remaining for Bush to take visits, the Gators are making a late push after coach Dan Mullen offered him Dec. 13.
However, there seems to be less than a month until Bush announces his commitment, meaning it’s crunch time for Florida’s in-progress coaching staff.
“We’re trying to announce mid-January,” Bush, speaking to reporters during the Under Armour All-America game week, said. “I was trying to announce at the Under Armour game, but we decided to take a little more time. But I’m going to commit before Signing Day.”
Playing for Team Highlight this week, Bush will be pitched by the quarterback tasked with getting him the ball: Gators quarterback signee Emory Jones, who will enroll early at Florida.
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If Bush feels there’s a natural connection, it could position Florida even better, but that won’t be what makes him take an official visit to UF. He has other factors in mind that pique his interest.
“The Mississippi State staff, you know I’ve been comfortable with them, so when they moved to Florida, you know we already liked Florida,” Bush said. “But that’s why we consider it most right now, for that.”
Bush said he had a prior relationship with coach Mullen and UF wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales, and their pitch to Bush, ranked the No. 37 wide receiver in the 2018 class by 247Sports, hasn’t changed.
“The only thing that changed was the schools,” Bush said. “I’m still a priority for them, they still want me there.”
Mullen and Gonzales have also laid out to Bush just how they envision using him if he were to sign with the Gators.
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“Just a big receiver that stretches the field, he’s been comfortable talking to me about priorities. He’s been in contact with me about that,” Bush said. “It’s OK, because they’ve been at Mississippi State. Now we just have to look at Florida as an actual school at that point.”
When it comes to choosing his final two official visits, the Gators will have to stave off an in-state school and two programs with offenses suited for his skill-set.
“Florida, Notre Dame, Ole Miss and Baylor,” Bush, when asked of his remaining two official visit options, said.