Newman’s Kendall Bussey commits to Tennessee _lowres

Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR -- Newman running back Kendall Bussey

Running back Kendall Bussey won’t be following the Peyton Manning path from Newman School to the University of Tennessee after all.

Bussey, who verbally committed to Tennessee in December, flipped his commitment to Texas A&M on Monday, two days before national signing day.

“It just seemed like a better fit,” said Kendall Bussey Sr., the running back’s father. “He definitely has a chance to play in the rotation right away. He had a great visit two weeks ago to College Station.”

Texas A&M was one of the schools in Bussey’s final four in December, along with Nebraska and Indiana.

Bussey (5-foot-8, 210 pounds) rushed for 1,240 yards and 28 touchdowns this season for the Greenies, who reached the Division III select semifinals. A three-star recruit according to 247Sports, finished the season with 35 total touchdowns, setting the school single-season record.

“They are getting one of the best all-purpose backs in the country,” Newman coach Nelson Stewart said in December. “And he is a young man of high character who works hard and is a true team player.”

Bussey, The New Orleans Advocate’s Offensive Player of the Year for Small Schools, originally committed to Tulane in June 2013, becoming the first commitment in the Green Wave’s 2015 recruiting class.

He then switched to Nebraska in January of 2014.

But after Nebraska fired coach Bo Pelini at the end of the season, Bussey reopened his recruitment and committed to Tennessee shortly afterward.

Bussey will be roommates with another recruit from the New Orleans area — Warren Easton’s Deshawn Capers-Smith.

“They have a tight bond and have talked about playing together,” Bussey Sr. said.