Rumph's Rush

Donte Rumph's physical abilities as a football player have never been in doubt, but questions about his academics have hovered over the South Carolina native for quite a while now.

Donte Rumph's physical abilities as a football player have never been in doubt, but questions about his academics have hovered over the South Carolina native for quite a while now.

In October of 2007, Kentucky received a commitment from Calhoun County (SC.) star Donte Rumph. Rumph was considered the best defensive lineman prospect that the Wildcats had signed year and was thought to be be an impact player at either tackle or defensive end. Unfortunately the last two seasons have seen Rumph attending Fork Union Military Academy working on his grades to get eligible.

"He came in down about not being able to make it (to Kentucky) academically," said Major John Shuman, Rumph's coach at Fork Union. "But he grew as a person and became a good solid guy on the defensive line," Shuman finished.

"He's more physical now," said Shuman. "He's got more energy and a better motor," finished Shuman.

So with the improvements in play on the field, what does Rumph look like academically?

"We feel as though he is ready to go," said Shuman. "We've put everything in the (NCAA) Clearing House. We put a rush on it. We mapped things out and we're hoping for the best," Shuman said.

If Rumph is cleared, he could be in Lexington as early as next week. The 6-foot-4, 265-pounder is expected to compete for playing time immediately, if eligible.


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