Quick Hits with Jamie Cumbie

Incoming freshman defensive end could contribute early in his Clemson career.

DE Jamie Cumbie
Morris High School
Morris, Illinois

STATS: Recorded 125 tackles including 25 sacks as a senior for Morris Community High School...had 610 yards receiving as a tight end and five touchdowns...helped his team to a 14-0 record and the Class 6A state championship...had 70 tackles and six sacks as a junior, also had 300 yards receiving as a tight end...2005 Class 6-A All-State...2005 Suburban Prairie Conference Defensive MVP...team captain...All-Area and All-Conference selection as a junior.

CHOSE CLEMSON OVER: Notre Dame, Illinois, Northwestern, Ohio State and Purdue.

STRENGTH: Excellent blocker that can also create mismatches in the redzone. Good quickness. Solid character and good work ethic. Will be a defensive end, tight end or offensive lineman at the next level.

HE SAID IT: "I'm a good blocker on offense, and I've got some good hands," said Cumbie. "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."

WHY CLEMSON? "I told Coach Bowden that I was committing, and then I went public with it a week later," said Cumbie. "It feels great. All of those (recruiting) calls every day, it's a big relief to have made my decision, especially since I am so happy about where I will be going. My dad is really happy about it too. He is a big Clemson fan. He is real happy. They may move back to South Carolina. They are talking about it."

HS COACH SAYS: "His future is on the defensive side of the ball," said his former high school head coach Dan Darlington. "His intensity is what I really like about him. Football is an emotional game, and he plays with such intensity. In high school, a lot of guys his size are passive, and he isn't at all."

COACH BLACKWELL SAYS: "Going to Illinois and getting Jamie Cumbie, who is a tremendous football player, going to Florida and getting C.J. Spiller, going into Tallahassee puts us on a national level with our recruiting," said recruiting coordinator David Blackwell. "We opened this class in June with a Parade All-American in Jamie Cumbie. We think he can come in and play as a defensive end for us."

TOMMY BOWDEN SAYS: "We are real pleased with all of our defensive guys. Ricky Sapp and Jamie Cumbie are two of the high-profile guys. We lose Charles Bennett, so having Phillip Merling and now Jamie Cumbie playing that position - it wouldn't surprise me to see him (Cumbie) playing that position next year."

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