Cumbie Might Make Early Decision

Defensive end prospect Jamie Cumbie will have a busy weekend this weekend. The 6-7, 250-pound Morris, Ill. native plans to take unofficial visits to both Purdue and Notre Dame this weekend. We spoke with Cumbie earlier this week to find out the latest on his recruiting. What did Cumbie have to say about the Irish?

Two-way player Jamie Cumbie could end up playing on either side of the ball in college.

"I had 18 catches and three touchdowns playing tight end," said Cumbie of his junior stats. "I had 70 tackles and eight sacks playing defense.

"I think most schools are saying it will be up to me to decide where I play. I think most like me for tight end. I think I'm more of a defensive player. They've all said they'll give me the opportunity to play defensive end."

Those that are recruiting Cumbie are many, and the Morris, Ill. native already has four offers under his belt.

"Northwestern, Illinois, Clemson and Purdue have offered me," said Cumbie. "Notre Dame, Iowa, Nebraska, Tennessee, Wisconsin, USC and UCLA are some of the others that are recruiting me."

Cumbie has already attended one junior day and plans to attend two more this weekend.

"I went to the Illinois junior day already," he said. "I thought it was nice there. I like the new coaches there, and they've got a nice facility. We got to see a basketball game and that was pretty cool.

"I'm also going to Purdue this Saturday and Notre Dame on Sunday. Those are the only two I have scheduled. I might go see some more schools. I don't think I'll attend any camps though."

We asked Cumbie if he had any early favorites at this point.

"The schools that have offered me, they're up there," he said. "The others would probably be Notre Dame, Michigan and Ohio State."

Does he have a favorite at this point?

"I'd say Clemson, Notre Dame and probably Michigan."

The Clemson Tigers appear to be his top school at this point.

"I grew up a Clemson fan," Cumbie said. "I moved here from South Carolina during my sophomore year. I'd say they probably have a slight lead."

We asked Cumbie what he liked about the Irish.

"I like their tradition," he said. "They've had so many great players come from that program. They're on TV every week, and they've got great academics.

"I've talked to one of their recruiting coaches there. I really haven't spoken to their coaches yet. They've been sending me a lot of stuff. I'm really looking forward to meeting them this weekend."

The talented two-way player could end up making an early decision.

"At first I thought I wanted to commit early," Cumbie said. "Now that I'm getting more attention, I'm not sure what I'm going to do. I'll probably decide sometime this summer if not earlier. We'll have to see what happens.

"I plan to get in the car and go visit a bunch of schools. I want to see what all these schools have to offer before I make my decision."

And what will Cumbie be looking for when he visits these schools?

"I think good academics will be important," he said. "I also want to develop good relationships with the coaches and the players there. Then I think you look at things like facilities. I suppose I'll just know when I'm there."

Comments: Cumbie said he had a 3.7 in his core so he should qualify easily. I think we'll know a lot more about how Cumbie feels about the Irish after this weekend. The junior day should be a good indicator as to how effective the Irish will be in getting their message across. Top Stories