"Tristan is a physical specimen," Statesville head coach Randall Gusler said. "He's a very hard worker in the weight room and he is a true beast on the football field. Most people look at him as a defensive player, but he's played a lot of offense for us."
Mumford emerged as a running back and linebacker during his sophomore season, rushing for 1,164 yards. However, injuries to two quarterbacks forced him to play the final eight games of his junior season under center.
"He did a phenomenal job at quarterback for us," Gusler said. "… His arm strength is unbelievable. The very first time he threw the ball was a 55-yard zip into the end zone and we were like, ‘I think we're going to be okay.'"
Statesville was more than okay. It went 6-2 in games Mumford started while he completed 54-percent of his passes for 1,400 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also rushed for 750 yards and ten scores.
Four schools have offered Mumford – East Carolina, NC State, North Carolina, and Wake Forest. He believes Clemson and Virginia Tech are close to offering.
"He is getting a ton of traffic from Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Virginia, Michigan, Purdue, Georgia, Florida – everybody in the whole east coast is pretty much looking at him," Gusler said.
The UNC offer was extended on Wednesday during a phone conversation with Larry Fedora.
"[Fedora] talked to [our QB] Carlis [Parker] and me about their recruitment," Mumford said. "He said they really like me at running back. And he said they're getting ready to graduate some linebackers, so they'll probably get some more linebackers."
In addition to running back and linebacker, Mumford is also receiving some looks at quarterback from schools like Georgia Tech. Even Gusler is torn on Mumford's best position.
"Honestly, I think he really could be an outstanding defensive player," Gusler said. "… But I could see him being a Division I running back without any problem."
Mumford's preferred position is linebacker.
"I like to hit people," Mumford said. "I grew up on defense."
Mumford, who is wide open, has made unofficial visits to Clemson, Duke, East Carolina, UNC, NC State, and Virginia Tech, and has an upcoming junior day at Tennessee. He hopes to get to both Florida and Oregon at some point.
Mumford is close to current Tar Heel sophomore players P.J. Clyburn and walk-on Jordan Darity. Darity played at Statesville, while Clyburn played at cross-town rival West Iredell… In the past, Mumford was part of Statesville's wrestling and track and field teams. He elected not to wrestle during his junior season to devote more time to preparing for his senior football season, but plans to still be a part of Statesville's track and field team, where he participates in the long jump, high jump, and shot put… According to Gusler, Mumford is a very capable long-snapper and punter.