Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Roll Tide-ings, a rundown of everything happening in Alabama Crimson Tide recruiting with Chris Kirschner. Today, we talk the latest with a Texas wide receiver, who’s being closely watched by Alabama.
Tommy Bush high on Alabama but nowhere close to deciding
Tommy Bush is nowhere near deciding on where he’ll play college his college football. For Alabama’s chances with the elite Texas wide receiver, that’s a good thing.
Bush, a 4-star prospect from Samuel Clemens High School (Schertz, Texas), recently narrowed down his 44 offers to 15 schools. He didn’t release that list on Twitter because he said he just isn’t a social media guy. He instead did it the old-school way and called 15 coaching staffs and told them that he’s still considering them if they have a committable offer for him.
How does one keep track of 15 schools?
“On Friday, my dad sets the DVR to record of all the teams I’m interested in and who they’re playing,” Bush said. “On Sunday, it’s kind of difficult now because we watch the NFL, too, but we sit down and watch the offensive series of those teams and watch how they’re doing. We look to see if they’re spreading the ball around or if they’re just throwing it to one guy.”
The last part of that quote is of note when it comes to Alabama. In the Crimson Tide’s opener against Florida State, Calvin Ridley was the only wide receiver to catch a pass. That’s not ideal when you’re trying to impress recruits. Justyn Ross, who is Alabama’s top split end receiver target, talked about needing to see more out of the team’s offense on Monday.
For Bush, though, he named Alabama as one of the offenses that has impressed him so far. Georgia, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Southern Cal and Texas were the other offenses that he named. When it comes to ‘Bama, Bush is taking a wait-and-see approach.
“Bama’s [offense] has been balanced,” Bush said. “They didn’t show much in the first game because it was tough. There wasn’t a whole lot of passing yardage in that game because FSU’s defense is tough, so I have to really wait one or two more games on them. Right now, I really like their formations and their spread attack.”
Alabama may be in a wait-and-see approach when it comes to Bush. As mentioned above, Ross is the team’s top option. Is there space for both Ross and Bush if both wanted to commit to the Tide? Right now, it doesn’t seem likely. But, as I wrote on Monday, Ross seems to be trending toward Clemson at this time. Ross is planning on making his commitment on National Signing Day, but Alabama will likely know before that if he will or won’t be choosing the Tide.
Both Ross and Bush are big-bodied receivers with Ross standing at 6-foot-4 and Bush at 6-5. The plan right now is for Alabama to only sign one big-bodied receiver, but Bush wouldn’t mind playing alongside Ross if possible.
“As long as they have a spot for me and if I could have Justyn Ross on one side of me and I’m on the other, what are these defenses going to do?” Bush said with a laugh. “How could I be mad at that? He’s a monster and I know I could learn some things from him. I have no problem going in with another big receiver.”
Bush and his family went on a Southeastern tour this summer where he visited Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Florida State and Tennessee. That visit to Tuscaloosa was memorable for the nation’s No. 37 wide receiver.
Offensive coordinator Brian Daboll wasn’t there to meet face to face with Bush because he needed to pick up his most recent Super Bowl ring from the New England Patriots, but the coach Skyped in to chat. Bush also got to meet what could be his future teammates.
“To have Jalen Hurts and Bo Scarbrough come up to me after practice and meet me and shake my hand was cool,” Bush said. “Those guys are like superstars. To have them take time to do that stuck out to me.”
The Under Armour All-American said as of right now, Alabama is “absolutely” going to get one of his five official visits, which is important because he’s down to 15 schools. That will almost guarantee the Crimson Tide to be a finalist when he makes his commitment either in January or on National Signing Day in February. Nebraska is the only official visit he has set so far. He’ll visit the Cornhuskers on Oct. 6.
Bush said he talks to wide receivers coach Mike Locksley and running backs coach Burton Burns multiple times per week. Those coaches have made Alabama one of Bush’s schools that is always at the top of his mind.
“They are in a good spot with me,” Bush said. “I know they have Xavier Williams committed. He was at The Opening with me on my team. He’s a really good guy. He’s really funny. He’s just talking to me about why he committed. I love their school and what they stand for. Alabama stands really high up on my list. I know what I’m going to get out of them. I know I’m going to have a chance to win every year.
“Bringing in Coach Daboll was good, too. I know they’re going to get it clicking, so I’m going to keep on watching. I don’t have to be the No. 1 guy in any offense. I would hope to get to that point at some point, but I’m a guy that can learn and want to be used the right way.”
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