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 LSU’s push for Devin Bush, a priority 2019 defensive back target who indicated that a rival SEC team had surpassed the Tigers as his leading school just a month ago. Has something changed on that front since?
LSU back on top for 4-star CB Devin Bush
NEW ORLEANS — Devin Bush did not allow a completion last Saturday night in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome as his lockdown coverage helped Edna Karr (La.) High School capture its second consecutive Class 4A state championship in dominant fashion.
You could say he was motivated by who he noticed watching him during pregame warmups.
LSU defensive backs coach Corey Raymond and New Orleans area recruiter Mickey Joseph were both on hand Saturday afternoon to watch Bush lead Karr to another title. The heavy Tigers presence came just weeks after Bush named Georgia as the slight leader over LSU, which was his top school back in the summer.
“I didn’t know that they were there until the pregame,” Bush told SEC Country. “It just meant that I had to execute and ball out, but pressure doesn’t really get to me. It was nice for them to be there. They were scoping me out and watching how I play.”
The 6-foot, 185-pound cornerback certainly held up his end of the bargain with the LSU assistants watching closely from the sidelines.
Their presence in the Superdome was merely icing on the cake after the staff worked to dial up communication with the 4-star prospect in recent weeks. Both Raymond and Joseph have been aggressively pursuing Bush, who is expected to make a decision between LSU and Georgia ahead of his senior season.
“It’s picked up tremendously,” Bush said. “I’ve probably been getting text messages every day from Coach Raymond and Coach Mickey Joseph. They’ve just been asking me what’s been going on and how’s school and how’s my family been, and that stuff really means a lot.”
“It’s pretty equal right now,” he added, of LSU’s push compared to UGA.
For the past weeks, LSU has capitalized on Edna Karr’s playoff run, congratulating Bush on his team’s postseason triumphs and wishing him luck before the 4A showdown with Lakeshore High School.
Additionally, LSU coach Ed Orgeron has started making weekly phone calls to Bush’s mother as the Tigers make a full-court press for the New Orleans corner heading into the offseason.
“It just means they want me,” Bush said. “They’ve shown that they want me now by texting me after games, texting me during the week and asking how school is. It’s not just football; they want to know what’s going on overall. They’re understanding, and that’s big for me.
“I know Coach O has been calling my mother a couple times here and there, asking about how I’ve been doing and how she’s doing. That’s been good. He’s the only coach doing that, and that’s big.”
With a summer decision on the horizon, Bush remains torn between the Bulldogs and Tigers and is nowhere close to making up his mind just yet.
The long-term plan has been to commit ahead of his senior season, but with LSU’s recent push to gain ground on the Dawgs, it’s made that decision all the more difficult.
“It’s just up in the air,” Bush said. “We just won the state championship and that’s what’s on my mind. Then, I’ll focus on the three-peat.”
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