October 9, 2012

Miss. athlete gets a look

There is no shortage of schools recruiting Itawamba Agricultural (Fulton, Miss.) athlete Ashton Shumpert.

The three-star prospect has offers from both in state schools, Ole Miss and Mississippi State, and is being recruited heavily by a number of out of state programs.

The only question, is which side of the ball will he play on at the next level?

According to Shumpert, most of the schools recruiting him want him to tote the rock when he gets to college.

"I am being recruited as a running back and a safety, but I think I'm mostly being recruited as a running back," said Shumpert. "That's probably what I'll be playing at the next level.

At 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, Shumpert flashes the speed and physicality that many schools dream of having in a feature running back, and that is why so many schools are hot on his trail at this point in the recruiting process.

"Mississippi Sate, Ole Miss, and Vanderbilt are recruiting me pretty hard," he said. "Then Georgia, Southern Mississippi, Memphis, and Oklahoma State are the other main ones recruiting me hard right now."

While the Mississippi native doesn't have an official offer from Georgia, he did decide to make the trip to Athens when the Bulldogs took on Tennessee a little over a week ago.

Shumpert had originally planned for the trip to the Classic City to be an official visit, but decided against it and took an unofficial instead.

"It wasn't an official visit, and we got there about 30 minutes before the game started," said Shumpert. "I really didn't get to see many things, but I mostly just watched the game. I liked what I saw with Georgia's running game because they really gashed Tennessee's defense."

After the game, Shumpert had a chance to spend time with the Georgia coach that is recruiting him for the Bulldogs.

"I talked with Coach (Bryan) McClendon for about 10 minutes after the game was over with," he said. "We haven't talked much about how many running backs they want and stuff like that yet, but they are recruiting me as a running back. We are supposed to talk later this week and talk more about an offer and stuff like that."

Despite not having an offer from the Bulldogs, Shumpert says that the trip to Athens definitely gives UGA a chance should they decide to offer.

"Georgia is definitely in the mix," he said. "The atmosphere was pretty intense and really cool. I liked it a lot."

Shumpert isn't quite ready to name a list of top schools, but he does feel that he will make a decision later rather than sooner.

"I was thinking about waiting awhile," said Shumpert on making a decision. "I will probably do it around Signing Day or something like that.

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