By Otis Kirk
Arkansas has signed New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr cornerback Devin Bush to the Class of 2019.
The Razorbacks signed Bush Friday afternoon, the last day of the early signing period. Bush, who committed to Arkansas on Nov. 11, becomes the 21st recruit to sign early with Chad Morris’ Razorbacks. Last year, Arkansas signed eight recruits in the early period. Bush is a four-star recruit with Rivals and ESPN.
Bush, 6-1, 190, was leaning to signing late, but then opted on Thursday to go ahead and ink early with the Hogs. He had 21 scholarship offers. Bush took an official visit to Arkansas the weekend of the LSU game. He was recruited by Mark Smith, Ron Cooper and John Chavis. He talked about his relationship with Smith who he hung out with a lot while on his official visit.
“The best part was chilling with Coach (Mark) Smith all day, even on a game day,” Bush said. “He had a game to play that night, but I saw his face for most of the day and most of my visit. That was a big thing for me.”
What vibe did you get from him?
“He has a positive vibe and it seems like he has a winning attitude,” Bush said.
Bush was privately committed to Arkansas prior to his official visit. Once he got there and saw what the Hogs have to offer, which surprised him, it made the decision much easier.
“I would say the facilities,” Bush said. “I had never seen Arkansas’ facilities, but it seemed top notch. There’s a lot of stuff that will help the athletes get their bodies right and their minds right. It takes a lot of stress off the body.”
Bush is the third recruit from Louisiana to ink early with the Hogs. He joins Harvey West Jefferson cornerback Greg Brooks Jr., 5-11, 178, and Baton Rouge University Lab offensive lineman Dylan Rathcke, 6-5, 290. On Wednesday, Chad Morris credited senior linebacker De’Jon Harris with showing great leadership including helping from from his home state.
“With Scoota, you know, Scoota has been and is going to be one of the top leaders of our football team this year moving forward,” Morris said. “I’ve shared that with him. I’m going to place an incredible amount of demand and leadership style that he can do. I know Chief is going to do the same thing. The SEC’s leading tackler coming back. We expect him to be ‘the guy.’ He has been very instrumental in our recruiting process and that says a lot about that young man.”
Harris is from Marrero (La.) John Ehret High School. He led the SEC in tackles this season. Harris took to Twitter Thursday night when Bush announced he would sign at 5 p.m. on Friday.
Here’s the early period Class of 2019.
KJ Jefferson, QB, 6-3, 211, Sardis (Miss.) North Panola
Trey Knox, WR, 6-5, 218, Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Blackman
Shamar Nash, WR, 6-3, 194, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy
T. Q. Jackson, WR, 6-4, 195, Jefferson (Texas)
Dylan Rathcke, OL, 6-5, 290, Baton Rouge (La.) University Lab
Myron Cunningham, OL, 6-6, 300, Iowa Central Community College
Chibueze Nwanna, OL, 6-7, 315, Lackawanna (Pa.) Community College
Ricky Stromberg, OL, 6-4, 280, Tulsa (Okla.) Union
Beaux Limmer, OL, 6-5, 270, Tyler (Texas) Lee
Brady Latham, OL, 6-5, 290, Jenks (Okla.)
Collin Clay, DL, 6-5, 261, Putnam City (Okla.)
Taurean Carter, DL, 6-3, 263, Mansfield (Texas) Legacy
Eric Gregory, DL, 6-4, 270, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy
Marcus Miller, DL, 6-5, 300, Warren
Zach Williams, DL, 6-4, 235, Joe T. Robinson
Mataio Soli, DL, 6-4, 230, Douglasville (Ga.) Douglas County
Enoch Jackson, DL, 6-0, 290, Mansfield (Texas) Legacy
Zach Zimos, LB, 6-4, 210, Richmond (Texas) Fort Bend Travis
Devin Bush, DB, 6-1, 190, New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr
Greg Brooks Jr., DB, 5-11, 178, Harvey (La.) West Jefferson
Malik Chavis, DB, 6-2, 187, Rison
Committed But Will Sign Late
A’Montae Spivey, RB, 6-1, 205, Phenix City (Ala.) Central
Treylon Burks, WR, 6-3, 225, Warren
Hudson Henry, TE, 6-5, 235, Pulaski Academy
Dante Walker, DL, 6-3, 240, Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove
Myles Brooks, DB, 6-2, 190, Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson
Adonis Otey, DB, 5-11, 180, Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Blackman
Lakia Henry, LB, 6-1, 225, Dodge City (Kan.) Community College
Chris Russell, LB, 6-2, 220, Dyersburg (Tenn.)
Jalen Catalon, DB, 5-9, 180, Mansfield (Texas) Legacy
Arkansas is also continuing its search for an older quarterback, but waiting to see who becomes available.