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Bush gets visits from Cats, Vols

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Four-star Louisville (Ky.) Male athlete
Michael Bush has made a late
addition to his list of official visits.
"Kentucky came to visit me here at home (Wednesday)
night," he said. "Coach Brooks, coach Hudson and coach Joker Phillips were all
here to talk to me and my family. It was kind of cool to have three coaches here
at the same time. It showed me how much they really want me, so I decided to
make an official visit to Kentucky this Saturday."
Bush, a member of the
Rivals100 team and the No. 3
athlete in the nation, is the Bluegrass State's "Mr. Football" and a leading
candidate for the top award in basketball as well.
He had previously marked the Wildcats off his list while
Guy Morriss was head coach, but says Brooks' staff has impressed him with their
efforts.
"They're starting a little late on me, but I don't hold
that against them," Bush said. "They just got hired, but it's an impressive
group of coaches. I like their new offensive coordinator, coach Hudson.
He's got a lot of fire and intensity behind him when he speaks to you. He told
me about when he had Michael Bishop at Kansas State and envisioned me as the
same type of player -- spreading the field and throwing the ball a lot, letting
me run and make things happen. I liked the sound of that."
Unless the official visit blows Bush away, Kentucky
likely remains a longshot. Ohio State (1/10) and Louisville (1/31) have been
perceived to be his leaders for weeks, and Tennessee has made a hard push of
late, culminated by his official visit to Knoxville on Jan. 17.
"I liked it a lot," he said. "It was right up there with
Ohio State. Great people, great facilities at both schools."
The Vols' Phil Fulmer followed that up with a trip to
Male High School and an in-home visit Thursday night. Unfortunately, Bush
suffered an ankle injury during basketball practice, putting a damper on things.
"Coach Fulmer was real nice," he said. "He rode over to
the hospital with me to make sure everything was OK. I'm probably going to be
out of action for a week or so."
Bush finished his senior season with 2,891 yards passing
and 35 touchdowns. He also rushed for 911 yards and seven touchdowns. As a
junior, his primary position was wide receiver, catching 64 passes for 1,090
yards and 17 touchdowns.
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