Nebraska has one of the biggest recruiting weekends in recent memory this weekend against Wisconsin with a number of high-profile visitors scheduled to be on campus. Throughout the week, I’ll pick a few visitors to breakdown. First up is Texas wide receiver Tommy Bush. The 4-star has the size (6-5, 187) that is needed in the Nebraska wideout room but the speed to be a game breaker that would be a nightmare for B1G defenses.
Let’s start with his size and speed combination. Bush told me that his sophomore year he ran the 200 meter and anchored his school's 400-meter and 800-meter relay teams, reaching the Texas 6A state track meet in both. Then his junior year he won the 200-meter state title with a time of 21.5. He also ran the 100 meter once and had the third-fastest time in the region, 10.7. A 6-5 wide receiver with 10.7 speed would be a legitmate threat in Mike Riley’s offense.
Another big positive when you watch Bush on film is that he catches well with his hands. That certainly sounds like a no brainer for an elite receiver prospect but it’s surprising when you see that too many guys rely on catching the ball with their body and it results in drops. Nebraska wide receivers coach Keith Williams told me during fall camp that “hands catcher” is one of the biggest attributes he looks for in a prospect. As you can see in the clip below, Bush does well with that, even with one hand.
When you are as tall as Bush, you are an instant redzone threat. He does an excellent job at high-pointing the football when it’s in the air so that he can fully utilize the height advantage he typically enjoys over defenders. There are many Nebraska fans hoping to see this in Memorial Stadium a few times over the next four years.
Tommy Bush is an excellent prospect and there is a reason I list him at No. 4 on the Greg’s Guys list. His potential and how much his skill set is needed at Nebraska make him an ideal prospect for the 2018 class. Bush is looking forward to seeing the gameday atmosphere at Memorial Stadium and is interested to see how the offense operates in person. The Huskers face stiff competition from Alabama, Baylor and Texas to name a few but have a big opportunity to impress him and his family this weekend.
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.