Christian Lumpkin's big surprise

Christian Lumpkin tells ArmySports.com that his latest offer, from Army, came as a bit of a surprise. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound running back/slot receiver out of Winton Woods High School in Cincinnati, Ohio says it had "been months" since he had heard from the Army coaches, but is eager to learn more about attending West Point.

"It was the night of September 28th when Coach Bodine offered me on Army's behalf," Lumpkin stated. "We had not talked since my junior season so I absolutely didn't see [the offer] coming nor was I expecting it. I had been receiving a lot of mail from them so it didn't come completely out of the blue. He was very complementary of my ability to make plays plays in space. He told me they saw me as that hybrid running back and slot receiver. They feel I'd fit that role perfectly with their offense. I think so too. You know, we ran [the triple option] at Winton Woods my sophomore and junior years so it's an offense I'm comfortable with.

"I know Army offers a top-notch education. Academic-wise, there's no better. Football-wise, I think they do the best they can. What they do best with is preparing you for the future. I wasn't a big fan of military service, but I know that there are other jobs I can go into beside being on the front-line of a battlefield. So learning more has opened my mind to possibly going to a military academy."

Lumpkin calls his junior season at Winton Woods his "breakout year". His film landed him offers from Ball State, Eastern Michigan, Notre Dame College outside of Cleveland, and now, Army
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"Last year, I was a play-making machine," he said. "This year, things are going pretty good, but I've been limited in my touches. I'm playing smarter. I have a good understanding of the game which has made it a lot easier for me. The game's really slowed down for me. I'm hoping to get more touches in week five and help us get this thing turned around."

The Warriors of Winton Woods won their first two games of the 2014 season but subsequently dropped their next two. Lumpkin says he was hoping to make a mid-season decision on college but now may wait and see where he is after the season.

"I was looking at committing on October 30th," said Lumpkin. "I think I'll push it back farther than that. I enjoy being part of a team that plays hard and likes to win. When I make my decision on college that's the kind of team I want to go to. I want the team to feel like a family and the place to feel like somewhere I really belong. It may be hard to be too far away from home, but I'm willing to consider it. I'm open right now and trying to learn more about each of the schools and the teams that have offered me. I'm hearing from Toledo, Kent State, Akron, Ashland, and West Virginia too."

Lumpkin has track star speed and posted at 4.41 in the forty yard dash at a National Underclassmen Combine at Fairfield. He also camped this summer at West Virginia and took an unofficial visit to Ball State.

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