Commitment Watch is On for Cumbie

One of the top players in the state of Illinois, who also has an offer from Clemson, has the Tigers leading his early list of favorite schools. <BR>

TE/DL Jamie Cumbie
6-7, 255, 4.7
Morris Community High School
Morris, Illinois

6-foot-7, 255 pound tight end/defensive line prospect Jamie Cumbie already has several early scholarship offers through the early stages of the recruiting process. "Right now, I have offers from Purdue, Northwestern, Illinois and Clemson. I am getting interest from a lot of other schools including Notre Dame and Michigan," Cumbie told in a recent interview.

The talented lineman now lives in Illinois, but he's spent most of his life in the Palmetto state. "Yeah I grew up in South Carolina. We lived in Andrews from time I was little until halfway though my sophomore year. My granddad transferred up here a few years back. He told it was a good place to move so we moved up here at the end of January last year," said Cumbie.

Interestingly enough, Jamie and his family grew up pulling for the Tigers. "I grew up a Clemson fan. I was born to one of those Clemson families. My parents liked Clemson and most of family. You can definitely say I'm a Tiger fan," stated Cumbie.

"I have been to a couple games there and it was real special. They have got a beautiful campus. It's a special place."

Coach Blackwell is recruiting the former Palmetto standout for the Tigers. "Yeah I talked to him and coach Bowden on signing day. They called and offered me a full scholarship. We talked about what position I would plan on playing," said Cumbie.

When asked if he has any early favorites, Cumbie responded, "Clemson is definitely one of my favorites. I would also include Notre Dame and Michigan up there right now."

The Morris High standout will be taking a number of unofficial visits over the next few months to see some of his top schools. "I'm going to the junior day at Purdue next weekend. Then I'm going to the junior day at Notre Dame the weekend after that," said Cumbie. "I am going to go to the spring game at Clemson in April."

"I'm going to try to make an early decision. I will commit before next season. I might go ahead and commit before this summer." What position would the two-way standout prefer to play at the next level? "I prefer to play defensive end. I'll do what I got to do however," said Cumbie.

Although his family no lives a long way from Clemson, that will not have any impact on his decision. "I've got some cousins and aunts and uncles that still live in South Carolina. It won't impact my decision at all. If I decide to go to Clemson they will probably move back down to South Carolina," added Cumbie.

We will continue to keep you updated on this outstanding athlete from Illinois, right up through signing day 2006. Top Stories