Where's Shumpert Stand?

Ashton Shumpert has some SEC programs charging hard after him, so with less than three months to go before Signing Day, where does he stand? Get the latest here.

"I haven't really made a list of schools yet, so I have to say everyone still has a chance right now," Ashton Shumpert told Scout. "I have been to Georgia, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State for games this year, and all of those are recruiting me hard along with Vanderbilt right now."

Those four SEC schools stay in regular contact with the 6-foot-2, 210 pound athlete out of Itawamba High School in Fulton, Miss.

Shumpert actually spent this past Saturday in Starkville for the third time this fall.

"I have been to Mississippi State a lot and I like something different each time. I really like how they continue to get better as a team. They have lost to some good teams recently, but the coaches are doing a good job there, they are really rebuilding the program, and I like what they are doing."

The night before his trip to Mississippi State, Shumpert saw a coach from Georgia on the sideline watching him play.

"Coach [Bryan] McClendon let me know that he was coming, so it was no surprise when I saw him at my game. He has really been recruiting me hard for Georgia and I like him a lot. He coaches running backs, they are recruiting me to play that position, so it is cool to get to know him."

Shumpert took in a Georgia game earlier this season and he liked what he saw.

"The crowd is what really stood out. The Georgia fans stayed in the game against Tennessee, they made a lot of noise, and it was a pretty awesome atmosphere."

He has only been to Athens once. He has visited Oxford numerous times over the years including twice for games this year he said.

"Ole Miss is a school I know a lot about and I like how they are playing. They have really improved a lot this season and the coaches are doing a great job putting them into position to win games. I just cannot believe how much better they are now than they were last year. That really stands out to me."

The No. 2 prospect in the state of Mississippi is publicly keeping his options open as we prepare for the stretch run in the recruiting process.

He admits though that he feels pressure to stay close to home.

"There is pressure on the top guys in Mississippi to go to either Ole Miss or Mississippi State," he said. "People just expect us to stay home and help a state school out. Especially with both schools having some tough years recently, I think there is a little more pressure right now."

Will that affect Shumpert's decision?

"Not really," he said, "I just have to pick the best school for me. All of the schools recruiting me have a lot of the same stuff, so I just have to find the place I want to be at the most."

For now, Shumpert is taking his time and focusing on a state title. Recruiting will heat up for him though in the near future.

"We are 11-0 right now and we are trying to win state, so I am really working hard for that. I do what to start to make my official list of schools and start to set up my official visits soon.

"I do not have any visits set up yet. It is just going to come down to where I want to be, so the official visits could be important to me."

He is thinking his decision will come close to Signing Day at this time.

Shumpert is being recruited to play running back by all schools at this time. He has close to 1,500 yards rushing this season.

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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