ND to Make Shumate's Top 10; Official on Tap?

Four-star safety Elijah Shumate of Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) is yet to trim his list, but he said Notre Dame will be in his top 10. He also discussed whether the Irish are in line for an official visit, how much contact he is having with the staff and other schools in the mix.

OLD BRIDGE, N.J. – Elijah Shumate is yet to cut his lengthy offer list to reveal a top 10, but the Four-star safety from Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) did provide some insight to a few teams he expects to put on there.

Notre Dame looks good on that front, and with the 6-foot-1, 205-pounder is also thinking about official visits, the Irish appear in fine shape there as well.

"Of course, Rutgers and Notre Dame will make my Top 10, (and) Georgia, Michigan," Shumate said. "I haven't really decided (on officials), but I know Notre Dame probably will and maybe South Carolina will get two of my officials."

Shumate continues to have consistent contact with the Irish coaching staff, led by assistant coach Kerry Cooks.

"Coach Kerry messages me almost every day on Facebook to keep in contact and give me updates and everything," Shumate said. "They're really high on my list."

Originally, Shumate planned to make trips this summer, and Notre Dame was on his tour list. However, the expense of doing, as well as the time needed, are conspiring against many lengthy trips for the North Jersey prospect.

And, with Notre Dame on the agenda for an official visit either in the fall or after the season, making it to campus will be difficult.

"I'm definitely going to try go there, but with the money …it's definitely tough," he said. "I'm going to definitely make an effort."

In trimming his list, Shumate said a big thing will be the relationships he is building with each staff.

"I'm definitely going to cut it down to a Top 10 soon," Shumate said. "I'm just trying to feel a lot of coaches, and get the vibe of a lot of schools and find out a lot of information about them and start narrowing down."

The reason Shumate's focus is shifting to recruiting is the end of the track season, which culminated with a Monday win the NJSIAA Meet of Champions in the 4 X 400 relay. He ran the second leg in 49.6 seconds, and Don Bosco took home the title when four-star receiver Leonte Carroo ran the anchor leg in 47.2 seconds to give the Ironmen a time of 3:15.87.

"When I saw him, I said, ‘Leonte's going to get it. I know he's not going to let anyone beat him,' " Shumate said. "It was a tight race. I knew he was going to bring it home for us. We said we were going to make it a tight race just for him, and he was going to bring it home for us."

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