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Tennessee hands out dream offer
Class of 2018 athlete Dashon Bussell grew up in the Volunteer State before moving to Indiana. He has returned for his senior season to play for Knoxville Catholic and has a Tennessee offer to go along with the homecoming.
Bussell camped with the Vols earlier in the summer and thought he performed well but no offer came.
Bussell just needed a little patience.
“Butch (Jones) and coach Walt Wells have been keeping in touch with me every single day since that camp,” Bussell told Josh Ward on the Rocky Talk Podcast. “The other day they asked me to call. Butch asked me to call and they offered me. I was super excited because that’s my dream school.”
— DaShon Bussell (@dashon_bussell) July 22, 2017
Jones and Wells have forged a relationship over the summer that has the Vols in contention for Bussell.
“It’s been really amazing,” Bussell said. “They are great coaches and great people. They send me a bunch of motivational quotes every day. I wake up every morning before practice and read those. I like it a lot, they are really good people.”
Tennessee has the dream offer but not the lead
The Vols may be where Bussell has dreamed of playing growing up, but Iowa has the lead at the moment.
Iowa was the first Power 5 school to offer Bussell, with Tennessee being the second.
The Hawkeyes coaching staff’s relationship stretches further back than the Vols’ and may be deeper. Bussell will fill a tug to stay home, though.
“My whole family has been growing up Vols,” Bussell said. “They are very excited for me and things like that. They still also know Iowa is my top school right now, but they are trying to influence me, still.”
What the decision will come down to
Bussell, unlike most players, will have his decision come down to two very common factors. Where he can play and win the most.
“Where ever I go, I want to play and I want to win,” Bussell said. “So, whatever will help the team win and let me play is what I’ll be happy to do.”
Bussell has worked out almost exclusively as a wide receiver throughout the recruiting process, but he has recently tried a new a position.
Bussell switched and played corner back this summer and enjoyed the change.
“I switched over because I’ve seen how many people love to play receiver,” Bussell said. “There are that many more spots at DB that are open. It’s hard to be a good DB and I have the size and length to be a really good DB. I see myself excelling at that the most.”
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