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Tommy Bush breaks down official visit
Something about Michigan State made it unique from all the colleges Tommy Bush has visited. But the Samuel Clemens (Schertz, Texas) wide receiver, whose school is named after Mark Twain, couldn’t find the words.
“That’s something that I can’t really explain,” Bush told Land of 10 after his official visit. “Just the atmosphere itself, it was just different.”
A lot of things deviated from the norm for the Spartans over the weekend. Sure, they had beaten top-10 teams and won games on last-second field goals before, but rarely do you see a three-hour, 23-minute weather delay in the middle of a football game.
Bush, a 4-star wideout in the 247Sports composite rankings, got to take that in. A military child, he lived in Germany growing up and became accustomed to cold climates, so the sub-40-degree temperature didn’t bother him.
The pouring rain wasn’t ideal, but the 27-24 Michigan State win over No. 7 Penn State made it worthwhile.
“That was a great game,” Bush said.
Thank you Michigan State for having me on the official visit!#GoGreenGoWhite
— 11 (@TheTommyBush11) November 5, 2017
For a player in Bush whom the coaches said would be used much like Spartans junior Felton Davis, there couldn’t have been a better game to watch. Davis posted career highs with 12 catches and 181 yards, plus a diving touchdown grab.
Several others posted standout performances as well. For the second straight game, quarterback Brian Lewerke threw at least 50 times and surpassed 400 yards. Hunter Rison, Darrell Stewart and Cody White all recorded more than 50 receiving yards.
“All of them were technically sound,” Bush said of the receivers. “They were all eating. They all had catches, yardage. Everyone out there was just handling business. The quarterback was right on the money.”
And Bush didn’t just watch those offensive stars. Davis and Stewart helped host him on his visit, and he took advantage of the opportunity to ask why they chose Michigan State.
“They were just saying how they treat you like family,” Bush said. “The receivers, they eat out there. The coaches are real and genuine, and they care about you. They’re gonna push you to the limits. Just good things.”
That stuck out to Bush, who said he wants to go where he feels he’ll make an impact. Ranked the No. 36 receiver in the country, the 6-foot-5 senior can go just about anywhere he wants.
Baylor, Nebraska and Texas have seemed to stand out. But Bush said he hasn’t put together a reduced list. That’s what he and his parents began to focus on after the Michigan State visit.
“We don’t really know,” Bush said of his finalists. “It’s kind of up in the air at this point. I don’t think we’re going to take any more [visits] during the season right now.”
Michigan State likely won’t be seeing Bush on campus again before his decision, so it had to make an impact this past weekend. The Spartans only have a few spots remaining in their 2018 class, and Bush has long been one of their top targets.
So when Bush comes to a decision (likely in January), the Spartans hope they will be right there. If his time spent in East Lansing is any indication, they have a good shot.
“I like Coach [Mark] Dantonio,” Bush said. “He was straight up. He made his point. There’s nothing to dislike about him.
“I personally really liked MSU. I was pretty impressed with the offense they had. I didn’t have any problems with the staff or anything. I loved the atmosphere. MSU was a good place for us.”
Basketball signing day plans
Signing day has almost arrived. No, not for football. That early signing period kicks off on Dec. 20, and the regular period starts in three months.
But on Wednesday, many of the nation’s top basketball prospects will sign a national letter of intent and make their commitments official. It will be a particularly big day for Michigan State, which has a massive five-player 2018 class.
Every player in that class, which ranks 10th in the nation and third in the Big Ten, plans to sign during the early period. One will hold his ceremony on Thursday, but even he may have the official papers in on Wednesday. These ceremonies are often just symbolic.
That said, this is when and where each player plans to publicly sign.
4-star wing Gabe Brown
Location: Belleville (Mich.) High School
Time: 11 a.m. ET, Wednesday
— Gabe Brown|BUBBA (@_Going_Pro_) November 7, 2017
3-star forward Thomas Kithier and 4-star point guard Foster Loyer
Location: Clarkston (Mich.) High School
Time: 3 p.m. ET, Wednesday
3-star wing Aaron Henry
Location: Ben Davis (Indianapolis) High School
Time: 6:30 p.m. ET, Wednesday
EVERYBODY COME OUT❗️ pic.twitter.com/PCFsW8Zoog
— AH (@henny2x) November 7, 2017
4-star forward Marcus Bingham Jr.
Location: Grand Rapids (Mich.) Catholic Central High School
Time: 4 p.m. ET, Thursday
— Marky b (@Marcusbingham0) November 6, 2017
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