Top Texas WR finds a new home

His stats can't be right. Houston Tuminello has probably been the most productive wide receiver in the state of Texas the past two years, but there are still probably other wide receivers' names you know better then his. That is going to change this year, because this year he is a senior and just made a move to one of the proficient offenses in all of Texas.

As a sophomore, Houston Tuminello had a great year at Canton (Texas). He hauled in 90 passes for 1,225 yards and 18 scores. Canton though was ready to go through some changes.

Canton was about to lose their head coach to Baylor and his son, the starting quarterback G.J. Kinne, was making the move to Gilmer. Tuminello was supposed to end up at Rockwall (Texas) Heritage Christian Academy.

"I was thinking about it," Tuminello said. "I had some buddies over there and they left with the coach. They went up to Colleyville Covenant."

Between the possibility of going to Heritage or to Covenant, there was also a chance to go to Gilmer. Tuminello said that move wasn't going to work out because of transfer rules. A private school became the only option.

What needs to be remembered here is that Tuminello was a prize for a school to end up at their doorstep. He put up huge numbers at Canton and it seemed unlikely he would eclipse those numbers at the school he chose, but he did.

"I ended up at Covenant as a junior. I had 98 receptions, for 2,069 yards and 22 touchdowns. I averaged a little over 21 yards per catch."

Tuminello does have good size for a wide receiver, 6-foot-2 and 184 pounds, but even he will tell you he isn't a burner on the field. So what makes him so productive?

"I am not a burner, I don't run 4.4s, but I run good routes. If that ball is up there for a jump ball then I am coming down with it."

Tuminello may have been a little tough to follow, because of the schools changing, but colleges have been keeping up. Since LOI day in February, Tuminello has been getting quite a bit of recruiting attention.

"Last year when my season was kind of coming to an end I got my first offer from Baylor. I have been getting some looks from some other schools. Texas A&M has been talking to me quite a bit. It's been picking up a little bit more."

"As far as Big 12 schools contacting me it's Baylor, Texas A&M, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. I am going to Texas A&M's junior day on March 3."

After this coming season at Gilmer, Tuminello will be going to his fourth school in four years, so change won't be a huge deal. However, when he picks a college he has some ideas what he will be looking for.

"I just want to go somewhere that has a good football program. I am also looking for good academics. I want to play early and I will look for a place that my parents want me to go to after all my visits."

Besides the upcoming junior day at Texas A&M, Tuminello has some other ideas for plans this spring and summer. "I am planning on the camp at Oklahoma. I am going to the junior day at Baylor. This summer I will play by ear."

All of the schools that Tuminello really spoke about were close to him. Although that is the case, Tuminello says that it isn't necessary for him to stay close to home to go to college.

"Not necessarily, it would be nice to stay close to home, but if I go far away from home and I really like it then that is OK. Being far away from home isn't going to keep me from going there."


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