Bush Jr. Looking to Add Teammates at UAAAB

2016 Michigan linebacker commitment Devin Bush Jr has a message for other Wolverine targets at UAAAB this week in Florida.

It hasn't even been two weeks since Pembroke Pines (Fla.) Charles Flanagan three-star linebacker Devin Bush Jr. pledged to be a Michigan Wolverine.

Since that time, Bush Jr. has been planning and packing for his move north as an early enrolled freshman just after the first of the year, still enamored over the decision to follow his own path to Ann Arbor.

"A couple weeks to soak in and knew where I wanted to be," said Bush Jr. "Really glad I made that decision."

Now the 6-foot-0, 215-pound and No. 13 ranked inside linebacker in the country plans to turn his attention to adding more teammates to an already star studded 2016 class.

Down in Orlando for the Under Armour All-American game, Bush Jr. already has a game plan in place.

"I'm going to be on Rashan Gary strong," Bush said. "I'm going to be on Jacob Mathis, Dontavious Jackson. That's the main three I'm going to be after this whole week.

"My message to them is you see the class we're putting together, you see the guys you're going to be playing with and you see the type of coaching staff," Bush said. "You see the type of season they had minus the athletes they had this year and you see athletes leaving so why not replace them with better athletes.

This off-season Michigan already replaced one coach on the defensive side of the ball as defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin left to become the head coach at Maryland.

The Wolverines moved quickly though, hiring former Boston College defensive coordinator Don Brown to take things over beginning in 2016.

Eager to first have the chance to impress Coach Brown in spring football, Bush Jr. likes what he's heard so far.

"His message to me is, he's seen my tape and he loves the way I play," said Bush Jr. "He can't wait for me to get there in January. I heard he's a guy that likes to blitz a lot, zone and man and switch it up with a lot of different defenses."

First things first though, before Bush Jr. is able to hit the practice field for Michigan, getting acclimated to his new environment will be just as vital to his success, especially in semester one.

"My mindset is be me," he said. "Get in a groove, get in my groove. If early playing time comes, I'll take that opportunity. If it doesn't, I'll have to keep working."

Video interview by Josh Newkirk

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