UNC Inquiring About S.C. DE

While making his rounds throughout South Carolina, UNC assistant Sam Pittman dropped by Saint Matthews (S.C.) Calhoun Co. two weeks ago to further evaluate Donte Rumph, a 6-foot-3, 250-pound jumbo athlete.

"He was telling me about the campus, the new coaching staff, the atmosphere, and what they tolerate as far as a student-athlete," said Rumph.

Pittman didn't extend a scholarship offer, but he did invite Rumph to UNC's summer camp in mid-June.

Clemson and Tennessee have already offered, while South Carolina and Virginia Tech seem close to following suit.

In addition to accepting Pittman's camp invitation, Rumph plans to camp at Clemson, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

North Carolina – like most schools – is recruiting Rumph as a defensive end.

"[Pittman] told me that since they have a new coaching staff, they are looking for speed on their defensive line," said Rumph.

This spring, Rumph has made only one unofficial visit – Clemson's Junior Day. However, he did attend games at Clemson (versus UNC and USC) and Tennessee (versus LSU) last fall.

Unsurprisingly, the two schools that he has visited make up Rumph's favorites list.

"I'd say my top two are Clemson and Tennessee," said Rumph. "I love the campuses at both [of those schools]. The campuses seem so alive. Clemson is not really a big campus, but it's a campus where you can concentrate on schoolwork."

Rumph acknowledges that when he is exposed to other campuses, his favorite list could change.

Rumph, who is looking for a school with a good physical education program, doesn't plan on making a verbal commitment in the near future.

Although a high ankle sprain kept him out of just one game, the injury had Rumph playing at less than 100-percent for most of the remainder of his junior season. Regardless, Rumph was still named to the 1A All-State Team.

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