Georgia wide receiver transfer Tommy Bush is one of the most popular names in the transfer portal at the moment. The former four-star prospect described the transfer recruiting process as “refreshing” and “focused” compared to what he experienced in high school.
A graduate transfer with three remaining years of eligibility, Bush is receiving some of the same offers he did then, too.
Since the 6-foot-5, 195-pound Texas native entered the portal on Feb. 26, he’s drawn offers from half-a-dozen schools: Tennessee, Virginia, Houston, North Texas, UTSA and Western Kentucky. When considering his options, Bush said he’s looking for the opportunity to make an immediate impact.
“(I want) to be the alpha dog, catch balls and have a bigger role on the team,” Bush said.
Bush caught one pass during his Bulldogs career against Georgia Tech in the program’s 2019 regular season finale. He played in two games as a true freshman in 2018, one game in 2019 and did not appear in a game last season after suffering an injury in a hit-in-run incident when he was struck by a car. Injuries severely limited Bush’s chances to see the field in both 2019 and 2020 but the staff was high on his future.
Ranked as the No. 196 overall prospect in the 2018 class, per the 247Sports Composite, Bush said programs recruiting him are eager to tap into his potential.
“Teams like my size with my speed and don’t see much a reason why I haven’t played, which makes them excited,” Bush said.
Despite his 6-foot-5 frame, Bush posted a 4.47-second 40 in high school along with a 36-inch vertical and a 4.15-second 20-yard shuttle. That size and his skillset led to high school offers from 40-plus programs.
After his experience at Georgia, Bush said he is looking at things a little differently as a recruit this time. Bush said he’s learned to take a look at the competition on the depth chart when deciding and said he’s ready to get to his next program and work.
Three of Bush’s offers so far have come from in-state programs, and Bush did say the potential to play close to home will at least somewhat influence his decision.
“Not a huge factor but it is beneficial,” Bush said.
Of the programs who’ve offered so far, Bush might be most familiar with Tennessee. Bush has faced the Vols three times in his career, and he thinks new head coach Josh Heupel is bringing in an exciting offense; UCF ranked fourth nationally in passing yards per game in 2020.
“The new staff’s offense will be dangerous,” Bush said. “(They) need receivers, and I already know the history of the new staff.”
The Schertz, Texas native said he’d likely decide in the next few weeks, coinciding with the end of spring ball for many programs.
The NCAA introduced the portal on Oct. 15, 2018, providing athletes a path to explore their options. Players do not need to ask permission from their coaching staff in order to transfer. They merely need to request that compliance enter their name. Usually, it takes 24-48 hours for a player to appear following their request. Schools are free to contact a player without restriction once their name appears in the portal.
While a player entering their name in the transfer portal means they intend to explore their options, it does not necessarily mean they will leave. A player is free to withdraw his name at any time. However, schools are under no obligation to keep a player on scholarship once they enter the portal.