Safety High on UM

This talented safety prospect has become one of the state's top players at his position this year. He is very high on the Hurricanes and he explains why in this interview.

At 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, Clearwater (Fla.) Central Catholic strong safety LaRue Rumph hasn't always been roaming the defensive secondary.

"Back in the day I played fullback and defensive end," Rumph said. "I used to love running circles around big offensive tackles. When I got into high school I started playing wide receiver and defensive back."

Rumph, who ran a 4.51 at Florida's camp this summer, also competes in basketball. Inside the classroom, he has a 2.6 core GPA and an 860 SAT score.

"I have almost 20 scholarship offers in writing now," he said. "USC, N.C. State, Michigan, Florida, Georgia, there are a bunch of them."

The talented safety said he's trying to focus on his top five at this point.

"I'm favoring these five right now," he said. "Florida, Florida State, Miami, Georgia, and N.C. State. Miami and FSU haven't offered yet but the rest have. I really liked it at Florida when I went up there for camp. I've never been to California so that would be cool to check out USC."

Rumph also talked about the Hurricanes.

"Miami has great coaches," he said. "I talked to Coach Stoops and that man has football in his blood. He's football, football, football. He said they're looking to take two safeties this year and I'm one of the kids they're recruiting. They sent me their media guide and I noticed they have a sophomore starting now. If I go in there and redshirt, I could probably play right away."

Rumph said he did notice something about the safeties on Miami's roster.

"It seems like they have a lot of 5-11, 190 types," he said. "I may become an outside linebacker there. That's fine with me because I'll still use my speed to make plays."

One of the reasons why UM and FSU haven't offered yet is because Rumph missed half the season last year due to a fractured right tibia. However, he's back at 100-percent now.

"I'm trying to stay healthy so I can help my team reach the states," he said. "That's my biggest goal, taking my team to states."


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