The Opening: Bush Talks Decision Timeline

2016 Pembroke Pines (Fla.) Charles W. Flanagan three-star linebacker Devin Bush sits down with The Michigan Insider to update his recruiting timeline, discuss his impression of the Wolverines, and more.

It probably won’t be long before Devin Bush is ready to make the call for one lucky school.

Pembroke Pines (Fla.) Flanagan linebacker Devin Bush is among the prospects slated to announce his decision at The Opening, but it probably won’t be very long before he is ready to make the call for one lucky school.

Devin Bush is nothing if not a showman.  The Pembroke Pines (Fla.) star make big time plays on the field, and has long expressed his desire to announce his college decision in the same attention-grabbing sort of way.

“I’m going to get you all excited at the edge of your seats,” Bush said to The Michigan Insider back in March.

Back then the Sunshine State standout had planned on committing on signing day.  Now in the aftermath of a number of spring and summer visits (including two to Ann Arbor), he has moved that timeline up significantly.

“I tried to do it Fourth of July but it didn’t work,” said Bush. “I’m trying to make it big.  I feel like I’ve earned it and I feel like I should do it that way.”

“(I’m) trying to get the best out of it.  As of now (I’m) just thinking of it as an opportunity for me, (a) lifetime decision.”

“I’m looking at probably doing it early in the school year.  Get it over with and continue my season.”

In recent months Michigan appeared to have emerged as the favorite to land the talented youngster.  That seemed virtually impossible to recruiting observers when Bush’s recruitment first began.  Most assumed his status as a Florida State legacy predetermined where he would wind up.

“I went into with an open mind,” Bush explained.  “I was never that type of person to do what others do.  I’m the type of person that does what I wanted to do, let everybody follow me or start a trend or something.  I was never that guy to follow.”

That mindset was aided by Bush’s father, who has been just as open-minded throughout the process.  That approach was just the type of invitation the coaches Jim Harbaugh & company needed.

“The first time (my dad) told me that he was going to take me up to Michigan, I was like, ‘what is Michigan?  I never heard of that place in my life,’ Bush recalled.  “I’d never been there and I didn’t even want to go there.  We got up there and we both were kind of blown away.  This is really real of what we’re seeing right now.  Something we had never seen before, so it was a great experience for both of us.”

Father and son were back in Ann Arbor last month and their favorable view of the Maize & Blue grew even stronger.

“(My takeaway was) just being there honestly… being around the coaches and the players and seeing what they are trying to build there,” Bush stated.  “You can actually kind of believe in what they’re trying to do there and I feel like it is a great atmosphere there.”

Aiding that feeling is his would-be coach in Michigan.  Their bond has helped make Ann Arbor feel more like home.

“Coach Durkin, that’s my guy,” said Bush.  “That’s my right hand man.  We talk daily.  He’s almost like becoming a father figure for me outside of the house.”

If that relationship was enough a lure, the recent commitments of his teammates and good friends Devin Gil and Josh Metellus have definitely added to the Wolverines’ appeal.

“It actually messed me up a little bit.  I thought I was in the right track, all the right schools in mind and the next thing you know they committed.  I’m like, aw man.  Who wouldn’t want to play with their boys from high school, grew up with them.  It’s huge.”

But Bush isn’t ready to publicly pronounce Michigan his victor.  As a matter of fact the lines of communication are as open as ever with his other top suitors, Auburn, Georgia, and Florida State. He has a lot more thinking to do before settling on a winner in the coming weeks.

“All of them kind of hitting me kind of hard,” said Bush.  “It’s hard to pick out (who’s recruiting the hardest), but they all hitting hard.”

“I don’t know the small things (that will determine the victor) yet, but I know it is going to be coming down to the real small things, looking into it for future references.”


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