Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Eye on the Tigers, a rundown of everything happening in LSU Tigers recruiting, with Sam Spiegelman. In this edition, we discuss 4-star cornerback Devin Bush, who named LSU as his top school ahead of his junior season. Over the past three months, however, a new school has overtaken the Tigers.
Georgia passes LSU as Devin Bush’s leader
NEW ORLEANS — LSU emerged as the No. 1 school for 4-star cornerback Devin Bush as early as August, but there has been a change at the top over the past three months.
Georgia, which has consistently been in the top 3 along with the Tigers and Florida for the elite Class of 2019 prospect, has usurped LSU as the leader for Bush. The New Orleans cornerback spent the past weekend between the hedges as Georgia took on Kentucky, an unofficial visit he made as a result of the increased push from Bulldogs defensive coordinator Mel Tucker.
That effectively shook up LSU’s reign at the top.
“If I had to choose today, it would probably be UGA,” Bush told SEC Country after Edna Karr (La.) High School’s exhilarating 40-35 playoff victory on Friday night. “Mostly, UGA is showing me the most love. I’ve been talking to the coaches a lot, more communication than with LSU, so I’m feeling like I’m leaning more toward UGA right now …”
“But anything could change,” he added.
Both Georgia and LSU have distinguished themselves as the favorites for the 6-foot, 180-pound Bush.
Both SEC schools are in daily communication with the elite cornerback, but Georgia’s push has been harder than ever with communication picking up this fall.
“I’ve been getting mail from them [Georgia] just like LSU, but I’ve been texting the coaches, sometimes calling them or they’ll be calling me and checking in on me, checking in on me after games,” Bush said. “I’ve just been getting a lot of love right now.”
That’s not to say LSU has turned down its efforts, and the Tigers are not far behind.
Defensive backs coach Corey Raymond is in daily contact with Bush while coach Ed Orgeron has checked in with Bush’s parents each week. Of course, Karr has produced a handful of LSU players in recent years, most recently linebacker Donnie Alexander, defensive end Andre Anthony and wide receiver Racey McMath.
“I wouldn’t say he [Raymond] stepped back; I’d say UGA has just picked up tremendously,” Bush explained. “It passed LSU in communication and that’s very important. The more you talk to me, the more you want me. If you fade back with communication, maybe you’re fading back on getting me at your school.
“Coach Raymond is still in touch often. He’s saying ‘DBU is always home and to keep balling’ and he likes what I’m doing. Just the usual.”
Bush, the the state’s No. 7-ranked prospect in the 2019 class and a top-115 prospect nationally, expects to make a decision between LSU and Georgia in the summer before his senior season.
Right now, the biggest decision he has to make is whether to play college football in his home state.
“It’s still a hard choice,” he admitted. “LSU, they’re right behind, and if anything picks up with LSU, my love might be back with them. For now, it’s just with UGA.”
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