Schertz Clemens wide receiver Tommy Bush was the latest in a long string of summer visitors for the Texas Longhorns on Wednesday:
Austin, Tx— 11 (@TheTommyBush11) July 25, 2017
It sounds like the visit was a productive one for the Longhorns, as Bush and his family spent a significant amount of time with head coach Tom Herman and wide receivers coach Drew Mehringer.
"It was great,” Bush told HornSports. “We had a tour of the new locker room and other areas that have been updated. We had a 20 minute meeting with Coach Herman just talking family. Afterwards my family and I sat down with Coach Mehringer for a few hours talking about family, football, and education... I'm just enjoying getting to know the staff. I really enjoyed my time there as we were really getting to know each other."
Much like former Lewisville standout Tyrell Shavers, Bush saw his stock take off following a remarkable performance at regional camp for The Opening — in early February, Bush ran a 4.47 40-yard dash, recorded a 41.5 shuttle, and posted a 36.4-inch vertical leap at 6’4.5 and 187 pounds.
So while Bush doesn’t quite have the same combination of size and speed as recent Texas commit Brennan Eagles, he is one of the fastest wide receivers in the country for his height.
The testing performance jumpstarted Bush’s recruitment, which offers flowing in from schools like Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Tennessee within 10 days of the camp.
Texas, however, opted to take a slower approach, evaluating Bush throughout the spring and into the summer before extending an offer in the middle of June, following visits to Florida State, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.
The Sooners are one of the programs heavily in the mix for Bush, but the perceived leader for some time were the Bears.
Right now, though, momentum is swinging from Waco to Austin, as the Longhorns now have the five most recent 247Sports Crystal Ball picks for Bush, with all of them in the last several days.
And that has happened despite the disadvantages of offering Bush relatively late and having three wide receivers already committed in the class, including Eagles, who projects to the X position, just like Bush.
But with Houston Episcopal’s Jaylen Waddle increasingly leaning towards Texas A&M after Florida State seemed like the leader early in the year and unlikely to become the second slot receiver in the class, Bush looks like the odds-on favorite to wrap up a four-man Texas wide receiver class that would rank among the most intriguing in recent years.
Especially since all four recruits can run the 40 in 4.52 seconds or less.
Now that’s some serious speed for Herman and offensive coordinator Tim Beck to utilize.