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Michigan Football Recruiting: 2016 Linebacker Devin Bush Jr. Decision Primer

Michigan Wolverines. Florida State Seminoles. Who's it going to be?

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Class of 2016 linebacker Devin Bush Jr. (Hollywood, Florida) is the first of two major Michigan targets set to announce where he will be going to school this week on Wednesday, Dec. 16.

Actually, the decision has already been made, we just do not know it yet.

Bush is a four-star prospect and the 11th-ranked inside linebacker in the 2016 class, according to the 247 Composite rankings.

He told Scout over the weekend that he has his school picked out and is comfortable with. He may not be tipping his hand until Wednesday, but this is a recruitment that essentially comes down to the Michigan Wolverines and Florida State Seminoles.

It is a unique scenario where there is a lot of confidence on both sides that they will be the ones who nab the commitment.

On one end, the Seminoles offer an in-state option and a chance to follow in the footsteps of his father, Devin Bush Sr., who played at FSU and is also his high school coach. It would be easy to connect the dots there.

Michigan has built an excellent relationship with Bush and it really took off over the summer during the satellite camp tour stop in Florida. From there, the Wolverines offered and received commitments from safeties Devin Gil and Josh Metellus, both teammates of Bush at Flanagan High School.

There have even been whispers throughout the season that he was a "silent commit" to Michigan, meaning he had made his pledge but not formally announced. Those rumors cooled down, but with a decision date set in stone, he still seems poised for Ann Arbor to be his destination.

If you look at the two teams and who needs him more, the argument certainly can be made that it is the Wolverines, who face the challenge this offseason of replacing nearly all of their contributors at linebacker.

Bush stands at 5-foot-11, which some have concerns about, but when you put on his film, it is apparent he can play and be a factor early, which the Wolverines certainly would need him to be. The staff sees him as one of the top players on their overall board remaining.

D.J. Durkin was a big part of his recruitment, but his departure does not look as big as it may have with Chris Partridge essentially stepping in to pick up where he left off.

Another thing to throw out there is that Bush does plan on enrolling early. Linebacker David Reese decommitted from Michigan last week because the chance for him to enroll early was not there. Tea leaves? Maybe. Coincidence? Maybe. But something worth keeping in mind.

I put in a Crystal Ball for Bush to Michigan when he announced his decision date last week. There is no reason to change it now.

Heading into Wednesday's announcement, I have Bush passing on the Seminoles and becoming a part of Michigan's 2016 recruiting class.

UPDATE: Bush will announce his decision at 12:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday: