Vols in Top 3 for Four-Star Cornerback

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    (Photo via @Dev_Bush1 on Twitter)

    Tennessee’s coaches have been targeting several cornerbacks in the 2019 recruiting cycle, and they’ve also sent out several offers to players in the state of Louisiana. And late on Monday night, they received some good news from a player who fits both of those criteria.

    Devin Bush, a four-star cornerback from New Orleans, trimmed down his list of schools to his final three, and Tennessee made the cut. They were previously in his top five a couple months ago, and now they join Clemson and LSU as his three finalists.

    Bush has visited both the Vols and LSU for Junior Day events at their respective campuses. Both the Tigers and Vols offered Bush before the 2017 season began.

    According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, the 5-foot-11, 190 pound corner is the No. 149 overall player and No. 17 cornerback in the 2019 class. He’s also the ninth-best player in the state of Louisiana according to those rankings. Aside from his top three, Bush also holds offers from Georgia, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Oregon, Oklahoma, and others.

    In an interview with 247Sports after his visit to Tennessee, Bush stated that he came away impressed with the Vols’ coaching staff and what they told him he could do at Tennessee.

    “Everything was great. The tour was great. The facilities were outstanding,” Bush stated. “I got to talk to Coach Pruitt. I got to talk to a lot of the coaches. Everything was good. After the re-offer with the new staff, Tennessee was somewhere on my list to consider. But after the visit, they will be high on my list.

    “They said, if I would come in, I’d play right away if I work hard. Nothing is really given. They said I would play corner, and I would learn another position in the defensive backs area because they feel that I have the speed and the size to play more than one position at DB.”

    A look at Bush’s film shows off several athletic features. Bush is a talented return man and returns several interceptions and punt returns for big gains or touchdowns. But he’s more than just that; Bush also has very solid coverage skills. He’s more than capable in man coverage and shows good anticipation and awareness. He’s physical and doesn’t let receivers beat him. He can also lay down some big hits and causes a couple fumbles on his highlight film too.

    As a junior, Bush picked off two passes, forced four fumbles, recovered two fumbles, and scored five combined return touchdowns.

    The Vols have yet to land a cornerback in their 2019 class, and they’ve also yet to pick up a commitment from a player in Louisiana despite their efforts in that state. But Bush is one of their top targets both at that position and in the state of Louisiana, and they’ll fight LSU and Clemson tooth and nail to try and get him to join their 2019 class.

    Nathanael Rutherford
    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.