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Updated March 14, 2008...
The 5-11 193 pound wide receiver from Tupelo High School in Mississippi is becoming a hot commodity. Bumphis currently has eight scholarship offers, including seven from SEC schools.
“I don’t really have any favorites and I’m just keeping my options open and waiting,” Bumphis said. “I have offers from Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Florida, and LSU. Mississippi State is recruiting me the hardest.
I get at least ten handwritten letters a week from the recruiting coach in the area. I went down there for junior day and got a chance to talk with Coach Grimes for awhile.”
Aside from Coach Grimes, Bumphis has talked with a number of other coaches from high profile programs.
“I talked to Coach Miles at LSU, and I talked to the Offensive Coordinator and the Wide Receiver Coach at Florida,” he said. “I went to Alabama’s junior day and talked to Coach Saban and Coach Davis.”
Over the last few weeks, Bumphis has taken a couple of visits. Despite taking those visits and talking to a number of coaches, he doesn’t envision making a decision anytime soon.
“I went to Mississippi State and Alabama and I’m going to Ole Miss in about two weeks,” he said. “My mom and I talked about going down to Florida, but I can’t because that’s the day of the ACT. The main things that I am looking for in a school are education, coaching, winning tradition, what kind of offense is run, and how early I can get in to play. I just want to make sure that I am making the right choice. It’s probably going to take awhile with me going on visits to the schools and all.”
On the field, Bumphis used his vision and 4.4 40 time speed to gain yards after the catch and earn All-State honors. Bumphis wants to work on his strength and route running skills before he steps foot on a college campus. He models his game after one of the most electrifying players in college football and a sure to be Heisman front runner in 2008.
“Percy Harvin is my favorite football player,” he said. “I like his athletic ability and how he makes people miss. I also like how many different positions that he can play and what we he can do with the ball.”
Bumphis grew up liking basketball and didn’t get into playing football until his basketball coach convinced him to do so in eighth grade. Last season his high school team finished with a record of 9-4 and lost a close game in the 2nd round of the playoffs to the eventual state champion South Panola Tigers. Next season, Bumphis and his Tupelo High School team return eight starters on offense and are ready to make a run for a state title.