Samuel Clemens High School in Schertz, Texas is home to one of the busiest recruits in the country, Tommy Bush.
The four-star wide receiver went to The Opening Regionals in Houston on February 4 with a modest offer list of nine programs, including some FCS schools.
Then Bush checked in at 6-foot-4 ½, 187 pounds and ran a 4.47 in the 40-yard dash. He posted a 4.15 in the shuttle, a 36 in the power ball toss and jumped 36.4 inches in the vertical. He left Houston having put up the fourth-best Nike Score of 113.07.
Within the following weeks, Bush went from a relatively unknown recruit to being in the national spotlight, receiving phone calls from nearly every SEC head coach.
Now sitting on 43 offers and ranked No. 143 overall on Scout, Bush spoke with Irish Illustrated about his summer visit plans and where Notre Dame fits. It appears the Irish will get Bush to campus this summer during one of his three major tours.
“We’re going to go to about 10 schools,” Bush said. “My dad finally broke free from work, so we’re going to crank it up here soon. I’m going to go on a trip and every day, I’ll hit a school. It’s going to be Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Alabama, Auburn, FSU, Georgia, and I think we’re going to hit Miami.”
The Bush family’s second trip includes schools in the Midwest.
“Then, we’re going to go up north,” he said. “It’ll depend on financially and time-wise on my father’s job. We’re going to find a central location and be able to spread me out. He’s thinking either Baltimore or Chicago and then drive to (Notre Dame), Michigan State, Penn State and maybe others.”
His final summer trip will include Pac-12 powers.
“During the first part of my (senior) season, we’re going to head out west and see Cal, UCLA, and Oregon.”
Bush has already visited two schools from his offer list.
“I went to LSU and I went to (Texas) A&M and I’m going back up there on June 18 for some kind of recruit day,” Bush said. “I’ll be at Auburn. I’ll be there on July 3.”
With the amount of attention Bush has received throughout his junior season, the Under Armour All-American still has plenty of work to do in breaking down a top group. However, some schools are coming on more than others.
“I have a few that have been in contact more than the others,” Bush said. “But it’s not something that I’m choosing them, it’s just some (schools) that have been reaching out to me on the phone, coming by my practices, sending me mail, that type of thing. Alabama, Baylor, Vanderbilt, Oregon, Tennessee, TCU, Oklahoma, Penn State, they’ve come on really strong, Nebraska and LSU.”
With nearly 20 visits planned this summer, Bush understands the commitment his family will make to put him in position to make his own commitment later.
“My dad is trying to give me the best he can do with what he has,” Bush said. “I just have to respect that. He gets up everyday, he’s retired. I just respect everything that he does for me. My mom, she gave up her social work thing to kind of cart me around. I’m just doing what I can do to pay it back to them.”
The Irish have been among the more consistent programs recruiting Bush. He hears from multiple Notre Dame coaches regularly and looks forward to meeting the staff in person.
“Notre Dame has been fabulous,” Bush said. “They came to the school, they talked to my coach. Coach (DelVaughn) Alexander has been phenomenal through the system. Coach (Chip) Long, coach (Brian) Kelly, I talked to all three. I’ve gotten plenty of mail, plenty of texts.”
Although nearly every top program is recruiting Bush, Notre Dame remains in the race.
“They’re on my list of schools that I really have not ruled out,” Bush said. “I have not ruled anybody out but they are on my list of (schools) that I really like. I know they had a down year but I really like the way they’re going and the recruits that they have coming in. It’s phenomenal to see the strength of their program and the academics that they present.
“It’s just so hard for a Texas guy to get that way with all the visits I’m trying to make. I’m just trying to make a decision but there’s no way, no how that they’re near the bottom. They’re in there.”