Cape Coral (FL) Island Coast cornerback Mike Dumas is starting to look ahead to official visits and he's thinking about taking a trip to NC State.
Dumas is an intriguing prospect for many colleges. At 6-2 and 185-pounds he has all the physical tools to excel at a number of positions on the defensive side of the ball. Where he lines up will be determined by how he continues to develop over the next year, but it's clear that he has the makings of a major contributor simply because of his raw athletic talent.
This summer Dumas had planned on visiting several of the schools that have been recruiting him but those plans were canceled and he ended up staying close to home.
The next stage in the recruiting process will be official visits this fall now that the season is starting.
"I'm supposed to try to get out to South Alabama, North Carolina, Iowa, Iowa State, Maryland and hopefully Ole Miss," Dumas told Pack Pride this week.
"I would visit NC State too. They've talked to me about positions and stuff like that. They're not just throwing me off or anything so I want to get up there and check things out just to see how it is. I've talked to them a little bit. They've been at our practices so I know they're (interested)."
Dumas has never visited NC State and the Wolfpack is a bit of a dark horse in his recruitment. He has shown more interest in another ACC school to this point, but that has made him look at the Pack more closely as well.
"I've been pretty high on North Carolina because I like the coaches. I know some of the players because they've recruited some of the guys down here," he noted. "The only thing is I've got to go up there and visit."
Dumas has been planning to visit UNC for a while now and he said that if he's in the area he will probably check out NC State as well. He isn't speaking in terms of favorites, so he's keeping an open mind and is willing to listen to any school that might make a late push in the fall or even beyond.
"I'm probably going to wait and take all my visits. I don't just want to commit to one school and have it be over. I don't really have any favorite schools. I mean, I've got a team I've always liked since I was little but I don't have a favorite."
That childhood favorite is Miami, and recent events with the Hurricanes have given him major pause.
"Growing up I liked Miami. Now I'm looking at everything and seeing the school I always loved being investigated. It's crazy," he noted.
Miami hasn't offered Dumas, though both the Pack and the Heels have. UConn, Maryland, Minnesota, Purdue, Iowa, Iowa State and Vanderbilt are the other schools from major conferences that have offered.
While Dumas hasn't had as much contact with NC State as he has with some of the other schools on his list he's not holding that against the Pack.
"Really the big thing for me is visits," he said. "That's the thing that's holding me back (from making a decision). I've got to take those visits and find out what I want to do."
Last fall Dumas starred on defense for Island Coast. Though he registered just 24 tackles (not surprising for a cornerback) he broke up 14 passes and tallied four interceptions.
It's rare to find an athlete with Dumas' size that has the legitimate ability to play cornerback at the college level and that's one reason he believes his stock is so high.
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