March 17, 2010

Offers rolling in for speedy Miami receiver

Tacoi Sumler had hoped he would get some scholarship offers, but he never really dreamed things would transpire the way they have.

The 5-foot-8, 151-pound wide receiver from Miami (Columbus), Fla., a member of the Rivals250 to Watch for the Class of 2011, is up to 20 offers these days. And as college coaches get a chance to evaluate his film, that number is apparently only going to grow.

Sumler isn't naming favorites just yet, but one of the first schools to offer is in good shape in the race for his coveted signature.

Ole Miss was the second school to offer Sumler, who claims a 4.33-second 40-yard dash and a 33-inch vertical leap. The Rebels offered Sumler last summer, shortly after South Carolina opened the proverbial floodgates.

"Ole Miss is one of my top schools," Sumler said Tuesday night. "I'm going to break it down to a top five or a top 10 later, but they're still a top school."

The Rebels, Sumler said, are selling him on the prospect of being used in a fashion similar to the way Dexter McCluster was employed at Ole Miss the past two seasons. The 5-9, 172-pound McCluster was used as a wide receiver, running back, quarterback and return specialist in the two seasons since Houston Nutt took over in Oxford.

"Ole Miss told me they'll get my hands on the ball," Sumler said. "They said they'd use me on reverses and every now and then throw deep to me since I can get past secondaries."

The Rebels are far from alone in their desire to utilize Sumler's considerable speed. In addition to Ole Miss and South Carolina, Sumler has offers from Auburn, Clemson, Duke, Florida International, Florida State, Kansas State, Marshall, Miami, Nebraska, Rutgers, South Carolina, South Florida, Stanford, Tennessee, Tulane and West Virginia.

"I always wanted it to be like this," Sumler said. "But I didn't expect it. It came out of nowhere. It's not just the volume (of offers). It's the quality of the schools. They are big-time schools. …I can't quite evaluate all of them. Pretty much every school that has offered me and shown interest in me and shown me love, I'm showing it back.

"They're all telling me the things I bring to the field are rare for a receiver. Everybody tells me I can make plays and use my speed. I can plan defense and I can return kicks, too. I'm versatile."

Sumler said he's hoping to put together some visits to some of his favorites later this spring and/or this summer, though those plans are not set yet. He said a decision isn't imminent.

"I won't be hesitant if I'm convinced, but I'll probably take (official) visits and make a decision on signing day," Sumler said.

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