After checking in at 6-feet and 198 pounds at the NIKE Training Camp a few months ago, Lumpkin ripped off a 4.41 over 40 yards, and had a 31-inch vertical jump. However, Lumpkin hasn't always been the best athlete on the field.
"I used to be short, fat, and chubby," Lumpkin told me. "When I first started playing football, I played one year at right guard. Then I started to get taller and lose weight and get faster."
He is plenty fast enough now. Using his 4.4 speed, Lumpkin rushed for 2,088 yards and 25 touchdowns as a junior last season. He had 2,234 yards of total offense. He also competes in track (4x1, long jump, and 110 hurdles) and carries a 3.3 core GPA inside the classroom.
"My phone never stopped ringing it seemed like," Lumpkin said of the May evaluation period. "Florida, Georgia, LSU, Penn State, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Miami, South Carolina, Arkansas, Alabama, Wake Forest, Clemson, Michigan – they were all calling my at home."
Lumpkin said it's been awhile since he checked the mail but at last check, two scholarship offers had found their way to the talented running back.
"Penn State was the first school to offer me, then I got a scholarship offer from the University of Miami on June 2. There are probably many more there now, but I haven't been checking my mail lately."
Lumpkin was asked about his early favorites.
"To be honest, I really don't know yet. I'm still debating on which schools I want to take visits to later in the year. I have no clue whether I want to stay around here or leave. I really haven't thought a whole lot about it."
The super running back did talk about the possibility of becoming a Hurricane.
"Miami," he said, "they're Miami. The running back is always a key aspect of their team and they produce some good ones. I was really happy they offered. They said I'm pretty high on their list, but I just don't know a whole lot about Miami yet. They're one of the places I would like to visit. I have been to Florida before, to Orlando on vacation because I have family and friends there. I also went to the University of Florida for a track meet so I've seen their campus."
Lumpkin, who is being recruited by UM linebackers coach Vernon Hargreaves, said he's going to take his time.
"I want to have a better season than I did last year first," he said. "I would like to break some of the state rushing records and I know I need to work real hard for that. I'll then look around at some schools and find a place where I feel most comfortable. But right now, I don't have any clue where that might be."