Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Eye on the Tigers, a rundown of everything happening in LSU Tigers recruiting , with Sam Spiegelman. Today, we discuss 4-star cornerback Devin Bush, one of the top recruits in Louisiana’s 2019 class and one of the best defensive backs overall. After a steady string of visits to Baton Rouge over the summer, Bush has settled on a leader.
LSU on top for 4-star CB Devin Bush
NEW ORLEANS — Devin Bush has been a mainstay in Baton Rouge over the past few months.
The 4-star cornerback in the Class of 2019 and top-10 prospect in Louisiana has made several unofficial visits to LSU since landing his offer from the Tigers in the spring. That includes the spring game, summer high school camps and a return visit at the end of the dead period. The latter yielded a major boost in LSU’s stock.
After a string of notable visits, Bush named LSU as his leading school ahead of Florida, which sits second, and a group of top choices that also includes Georgia and Tennessee.
“LSU is on top right now,” Bush told SEC Country following Edna Karr (La.) High School’s fall jamboree. “But things might switch up once I visit Florida, whenever I go. That’s what I’m waiting on — to check out all of my options. I’ll be going to a couple of games and I’ll make the LSU-Florida game for sure.”
Bush was supposed to head to Gainesville, Fla., for a high school camp in July, but was unable to make the visit. Until he can see Florida’s campus up close and personal, he’s resisting the urge to make a commitment.
The 6-foot, 185-pound cornerback is the No. 117 prospect in the 2019 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. More specifically, Bush is the No. 9 cornerback and the No. 7 overall recruit in the state.
The LSU coaching staff — most notably, defensive backs coach Corey Raymond — has made Bush a priority even before extending him an offer in March. That trend has continued as the fall inches closer.
“It’s ‘DBU’ and I’ve been there many times and I like what I’m seeing,” said Bush when asked how LSU moved out in front. “When I look back on those trips, when I think about when I first stepped on campus, it felt like home. It felt like everyone knew who I was around me. Everyone knew my name and it’s just love.I just love the way that Coach Raymond coaches. He’s always got a nice group of defensive backs every year and maybe I’ll be a part of that one day.”
The importance of ‘DBU’
“DBU” is a term often thrown around by the nation’s elite group of defensive backs when discussing LSU, Florida and Ohio State … even when debating which school is the rightful owner of that title.
For Bush, it’s a critical part of his decision-making process.
The 4-star corner can’t help but consider the previous defensive backs developed by Raymond and who those players are — from the time that they played in Death Valley and even now as they compete at the professional level. LSU’s secondary coach has worked hands-on with Bush during multiple camps dating back to last summer and he’s already noticed an improvement in his game at the start of his junior year.
“The main thing that he taught me that I’m using in my game right now is violent hands out of my breaks,” Bush explained. “When I’m closing in on receivers of my break, that’s something that I learned from him when I went up there. I’m very confident [that he can help me be the best player]. I look at Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu. Donte Jackson — I always watch him. They all have the same technique, but they just have their different style of playing.”
Timeline for a decision
Bush is determined to make as many visits as possible before settling on one school.
LSU may the be the team to beat — for now — but the top-150 prospect will attend games in Gainesville, Fla., this fall. He’s also in the process of planning visits to both Georgia and Tennessee, which offered this spring and earlier this month, respectively.
Bush is tentatively planning to be committed by this time next year. He’s hoping to shut his recruitment down in the summer of 2018 before his senior season.
“I’m looking to shut it down … maybe next summer going into my senior year,” he said. “The plan is to commit then.”
The Tigers currently hold the slight edge over Florida, with Georgia and Tennessee lurking in an unofficial top four.
So how does LSU stay on top? It’s not rocket science.
Raymond, who is spearheading Bush’s recruitment for LSU, will need to remain in communication with the New Orleans native and continue to promote the type of environment in Baton Rouge that he’s grown accustomed to at Edna Karr. Bush’s upcoming visits to Florida, Georgia and Tennessee will be critical in examining which campuses stack up to what LSU has already shown to him.
“I remember going up and Coach Raymond telling me: ‘I’m not only going to teach you to be the best at football, but I’ll give you life lessons, too.’ He focuses on life and football, and that’s what they do here at Karr,” Bush explained. “That’s what I like. So I’ll go up there and go see Florida, take trips to UGA and maybe Tennessee, and I’ll see what all that looks like.
“LSU just needs to keep communicating and showing me that I’m a real priority for them.”
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