Gators Lead For Safety

[MEDIA:32874]<BR>Florida needs to sign a safety of two this season and this one from the Sunshine State says that the Gators lead.

LeRue Rumph is one of the top two-way prospects from the state of Florida. He stars at wide receiver and strong safety for Clearwater Central Catholic (C.C.C.) in Clearwater, Florida. The rising senior is anxious for a big senior season after missing over half the year as a junior because of a broken right tibia. Most schools like Rumph as an athlete or wherever he fits in best at the next level. For Rumph, the decision is easy. 

"I want to play defense," said Rumph. "I think I have a much better future on defense. That is what all the schools are asking me and it is the popular question." 

Rumph, 6-2 and 213 pounds, better be careful that he doesn't get too much bigger or he'll end up a linebacker. 

"I am kind of worried about that because I have been growing lately. I would rather play in space than five yards from the ball. I want to be further from the ball because I am better in the open field. As a safety, I bring it and I say that proudly." 

According to Rumph, he claims scholarship offers from around 35 schools (both verbal and written). Some schools that have offered are Florida, USC, Michigan, Georgia, Tennessee, and NC State. 

"Right now I would say that Florida is my leader. I just camped there and I loved it - the coaches, campus and everything. Coach Wickline is recruiting me and he is a jokester. Coach Zook is a very good people person. It is close so my family can come see me play and that is a school that I can make an impact because they are short on safeties. 

"I would say Miami is number two, then FSU, NC State and USC. 

"Tradition will be a big part of my decision and I have to get along with the coaching staff." 

Rumph is a cousin of former Miami Hurricane Mike Rumph, a first round pick this past April by the San Francisco 49ers.

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