Irish, Tigers Still Lead

Illinois defensive end Jamie Cumbie (6-6, 255, 4.7) says Notre Dame and Clemson lead solidly over Northwestern, Illinois and Purdue. All have offered.

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

"I'm solid with both Notre Dame and Clemson at this point," says Cumbie, from Morris High School.

"I really wanted to commit to a school early, before the start of the season. But if the offers keep on coming in, than I just might wait this whole process out, and see what else happens over the summer.

"Notre Dame is a prestigious school and with an education from there, you're guaranteed a good job coming out of college, making at least $100,000 a year. They've got a great football program and their games are nationally televised every Saturday during the season. They also send a lot of their players to the pros.

"I took an unofficial to Notre Dame about two weeks ago for their JR Day camp," he said. "I got to meet coach (Charlie) Weis. He's seems like a real cool and down to earth guy, and everything there was really organized. And I really liked his personality--like it was his way or no way. That was good.

"With Clemson, I've grown up a fan of them my whole life. A lot of people in my family really like them so I guess you could say I was born into liking their program. I've already been to a few of their games and they've really got some unbelievable fans. The stadium there is great and they've got a lot of tradition.

"I'll be going to my brother's wedding this weekend in North Carolina, so this Friday (3/25), my parents and I figured it would be a good opportunity to unofficially visit Clemson. I really just want to take in its campus appeal and just see how it all goes with the coaches and stuff.

"Northwestern, Illinois and Clemson were the first schools to offer me. All three of them actually called me up the day after Signing Day to give me the offers.

So far, Cumbie has no plans to attend any camps and also has no plans for any summer camps or unofficial visits.

However, he will attend the Army All-American tryouts on April 23 at Illinois.

"I'm a good blocker on offense and I've got some good hands. I know how to get open and I can run some good routes. On defense I'm a good pass end rush defender. I can get across the line quick and I also really love using my hands on defense. I'd actually prefer to play defense in college but we'll have to see where the coaches want me." Top Stories