Shumway to be top in-state recruit

Utah prep football prospects for 2013 don't get much brighter than Lone Peak's Talon Shumway. In only his sophomore season this past year, he exploded on to the season in helping to lead his varsity squad to a very good season. Total Blue Sports caught up with Shumway to learn more about him and who is recruiting him at this early stage.

"He's an incredible athlete, definitely the most athletic person I've ever played with," said Talon Shumway's teammate Chase Hansen, who is a very bright prospect in his own right. "It's great that we have a chance to be on the same team because he can seriously do it all."

Shumway is a 6-foot-3-inch, 195-pound prospect who quite literally did it all on the offensive side of the football during his very first season playing varsity football. Lone Peak coaches would line him up at receiver, running back, in the slot and even at quarterback.

"They put me in spots where they thought they could get me the ball most effectively," explained Shumway. "It was a good year for me, but I hope to even improve this year."

Shumway's role won't be diminished this coming year, but expanded. Coaches are intent on having him play on both sides of the football, which is more than welcome by him.

"Last year with Chase being hurt for some of the time, coaches didn't want to risk me playing defense because they needed me to stay healthy to back him up," he explained. "This next year, I'll probably play a lot of safety or linebacker, which I'm excited for."

BYU coaches took note of Shumway early on during the season, and in a somewhat unusual move, head coach Bronco Mendenhall invited him and his family to visit him in his office during the season.

"That was unexpected, but it was exciting for sure to have the opportunity to meet with Coach Mendenhall back in October while the season was going," he related. "I was able to talk to him and see what he's all about, and he's a great guy and a great coach to be sure."

The Cougar head coach offered Shumway verbally, as he cannot receive written offers before the completion of his junior season. It marked his very first collegiate offer, but many more are soon to follow.

"It's definitely exciting to be offered by a great program like BYU," he said.

BYU isn't alone in its interest, as Utah is showing a lot of attention to him as well.

"Utah hasn't offered me yet," he said. "Coach Whittingham told me that they will offer me after they've all reviewed my film. I've talked to the coaches there some and I'll probably get an offer from them here soon. I like Utah and BYU and have a lot of respect for both of the programs."

Right now Shumway is starring on the basketball court, averaging 11 points per game playing the swing position for Lone Peak's top-ranked basketball team. This summer he's likely to get some more recruiting attention, as he plans to take part in some local camps and has been invited to represent the Utah prep ranks in the annual seven-on-seven competition that will be held in Las Vegas along with Hansen.

"I'm excited for that," Shumway said about the upcoming competition. "I want to represent Utah well and work on my game some more."

Shumway could play any number of positions at the next level, and was offered by BYU simply as an athlete, as the coaching staff is fully aware that he has the talent to star at a number of positions.

"We'll see how we like defense this year and how good I feel playing on that side of the football," said Shumway. "Right now, I'm confident in my abilities on offense and want to improve there as well. I'm pretty wide open right now with recruiting and will just wait and see who is interested and who will offer me scholarships."

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