Cumbie Balancing Workouts, Baseball

4-star defensive end prospect Jamie Cumbie will be pitching for his high school this spring and also working hard to prepare for early playing time at Clemson next fall.

6-6, 255 pound defensive end prospect Jamie Cumbie is relieved that the recruiting process is complete, even though it technically ended for him last June.

"It feels great," Cumbie told shortly after National Signing Day. "You know signing day was still a big deal for me and my life, but it wasn't as big as it was for a lot of folks. As I told you guys in June when I committed, I wasn't going to change my mind. I was coming to Clemson."

Like many of the Tigers' 2006 signees, Cumbie is preparing himself for his freshman year in college, but at the same time, he's having to juggle his offseason workouts with baseball this spring. "Hopefully I will get my workout book soon," he said. "I want to keep up with their plan. I want to try to get bigger and faster. I am playing baseball so I will have to juggle the workouts around baseball. It shouldn't be a problem. On the days I pitch I just won't lift."

Clemson recruiting coordinator David Blackwell continues to keep in touch with one of his top recruits. "Yeah, coach Blackwell calls a good bit. I have talked with coach Bowden and also coach Hobby, but it is mainly coach Blackwell. He just tells me to get ready so that I can come in and get some early playing time," Cumbie said.

Cumbie also said it will be hard for him to leave his new home and friends in Illinois, but he is looking forward to returning to the Palmetto state.

"It is going to be tough. I came up here my sophomore year. I have made a lot of great friends. It's part of life. You have to leave people behind and stay in touch. I have a great future ahead. I am getting to go to my dream school," Cumbie said.

"My family is all excited. They are all going to come up and catch a lot of games. My parents will be moving back to South Carolina. I'm not sure where the will be moving. They need to find a school for my little brother. He will be a freshman. He is a big boy. He is about 5-11, 240 pounds. He will be a beast."

Continuing a trend that has developed in recent years, Cumbie will be reporting to Clemson for the second summer session to try and get a head start on the season.

"I will be starting on July 6," he added. "I will probably move in over the July 4th weekend." Top Stories