Shumate: Terps would be top three

DB recruit from Don Bosco (NJ) discusses being a top recruit for 2012 and the latest on recruiting.

Coming off a win versus Gilman, ranked number one in Maryland early this month, where he shut down the 15th best wide receiver in the entire nation, Elijah Shumate seems poised to lead his team to prominence in his junior season.

Shumate, a defensive back for Don Bosco (NJ), is already receiving the “Darelle Revis” treatment. Against Gilman, a team in the USA Today Super 25 last week, Shumate did all he could in a game where he said the opposition chose not to throw in his direction.

“I want to make plays though, but my coach [Greg Toal] said to be patient and it will just come, so I just take it by that,” Shumate said.

In a 33-6 tilt, Shumate racked up five solo tackles and a sack. Most importantly, however, it’s a step in the right track towards his larger goal to “keep my team on top and to keep being a playmaker on the field,” en route to what he hopes leads to a state championship ring.

While Shumate is helping his team to climb in the rankings, colleges nationwide are competing for his talents. And why not – recently, Shumate was placed in the 2012 Top 100 recruiting class, according to Scout.com

“It feels good [being ranked in the 2012 Top 100] because I work so hard to be the best and I’m up there with the best in the country, not state,” Shumate said, “It is a big accomplishment, and I just want to stay on top.”

Playing for a traditional football power doesn’t hurt either. Don Bosco is no slouch when it comes to producing talent – Green Bay Packers running back Ryan Grant, Rutgers standout quarterback Mike Teel for example.

“My [defensive backs] coach knows everyone [Division 1] coach in the country, and he told me in the beginning of the season to trust him and he can get me where I want to be,” Shumate said.

And where does Shumate see himself? Pittsburgh, North Carolina, Miami, Florida and LSU make up his top five, but are hardly the only teams chasing the talented prospect.

Shumate has yet to speak with teams on the phone or in person, but has been in contact with coaches from Rutgers, Pittsburgh, California, Northwestern, Connecticut and Tennessee via Facebook – all of which have gotten his attention.

“All of them are good schools are some are coming-up programs,” Shumate said. “I would just love to be a part of a school who would love for me to be there, and where I can come in and help them win a national championship.”

But Shumate was quick not to count out Maryland in the recruiting process. The Terps, who are somewhat behind in the race for Shumate, still present a compelling situation – they just need to up their ante.

“Maryland is still up there in my top 10 but I haven’t been in contact with the coaches, getting a connection like I am with other schools,” Shumate said. “If I was able to get up to the school and start getting a relationship with the coaches then the Terps would be top three.”

Shumate added that he was impressed watching the team last week when they took down Morgan State, 62-3.

As the season goes on, Shumate will sure to stay even keeled with all of his success. Thanks to the advice of his father and uncle, both former football players, he’ll be primed to make a good decision.

“[My father and uncle] told me not to get bigheaded because of my success,” Shumate said, adding that remaining humble and maintaining a good work ethic is essential.


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