GLASGOW — Barren County High School’s Tyler Bush will be continuing his football career at Lindsey Wilson college as he signed with the Blue Raiders during a ceremony on Wednesday morning.
Bush will have a chance to play both offense and defense for Lindsey Wilson, but he says that he was primarily recruited as a safety.
For the Trojans this past season, Bush totaled 607 yards and seven touchdowns on offense while accumulating 26 tackles, four forced fumbles, and two interception returns for touchdowns on defense. He also returned one kickoff for a touchdown.
“It’s just a great honor to be able to play college football,” Bush said. “I dreamed about it while I was growing up. I had a lot of support behind me with a great family, good friends, and a great coaching staff here at Barren County.”
“I just feel like it’s a great fit for me,” Bush said about choosing Lindsey Wilson. “I like Coach (Chris) Oliver and how they recruited me throughout the process. They are a great program. They had one of their best years last year going 12-1.”
According to Barren County’s football coach Jackson Arnett, Lindsey Wilson is a top-tier NAIA football program which is among the top five teams every year in their level of play.
Bush could possibly have a chance to win a national championship there considering that the Blue Raiders just made their first-ever final four last season.
“This is a special day for out football program,” Arnett said. “Tyler has been with me ever since I got here. He is a four-year guy. The fact is that he is a competitor, and I think we all know that. I’m just so proud of how far he has came. I’m so excited for him and his family.”
Bush’s journey as a Trojan has certainly been a long one. During his freshman and sophomore seasons, Barren County compiled a 2-20 record. However, in his senior season the Trojans had their first winning season (6-5) in over a decade.
“Coach Arnett came in my sophomore year and we just bought into the program and bought into the weight room,” Bush said. “Our senior group just grew and we finally were able to get our first winning season in a while.”
Buying into the weight room is what Arnett says powered Bush to success. As a sophomore, the now-Lindsey Wilson signee was very skinny when Arnett first arrived.
“When he first got here we saw the raw athleticism and knew that he had a chance to be something special,” Arnett said. “We weren’t real sure what he was going to do. Then all of a sudden he buys into the weight room an buys into the system and turns into the great football player that he is today.”
“All of the young guys who played with Tyler and anyone else coming up in our program should take a look at what Tyler did,” Arnett added.
In attendance at the ceremony were Bush’s friends and close family as well as both the football and basketball teams which he is also a part of.
So far this basketball season Bush has started every game of the Trojans and is averaging 4.2 points per game and 4.3 rebounds per game while shooting 45.4% from the field.
“It’s an exciting day for him,” athletic director and basketball coach Warren Cunningham said. “Tyler is a competitor and is hard-nosed. I think this will be a great fit for him. It’s a great opportunity for him and I think it will work out really, really well.”