Cumbie Takes Final Visit

When Jamie Cumbie left the Notre Dame campus on Monday April 18, he likely finished the last campus tour he plans to make before he decides where he'll play his college football. What did he think of his visit, and what is his next step in the recruiting process?

Defensive end Jamie Cumbie was one of the first players the Notre Dame coaching staff offered in the 2006 recruiting class. For those that follow recruiting, you know that means the coaching staff thinks they found themselves a very good player.

Jamie received his offer on his first unofficial visit backing February, but he didn't feel he got an opportunity to really get a feel for the campus so he returned to South Bend for a closer look.

"The first time I was there I didn't get as in-depth visit as I wanted," explained Cumbie. "There were a lot of people there, so you didn't get the personal interaction. They drove you around in a bus and told you which buildings where which.

"This (visit) was much better. I got to see everything. The new facilities were very nice. They're still doing some work on them, but they are impressive.

"I talked to coach Weis for at least an hour," Cumbie continued. "I really like him. He's tells you what he thinks – he's straightforward. I was very impressed.

"What will make him great is that he spent time in the pros and so he tells you like it is - he shoots straight. That's what I like about him. I think that'll give him an advantage over other coaches."

I asked Jamie why Notre Dame made an impression on him.

"Solid tradition and the academics are great," he resonded. "It just has a feel to it. It has a homey feeling -- it's a great program."

Jamie said he could end up at either defensive end or tight end, but ultimately the Irish coaches would let him decide where he'd like to start out.

"They said they'd give me a shot at either side of the ball," he said "But I think I'm a defensive guy. I like to take out some aggression when I play defense.

"I like tight end though. I still like to make a catch or get a pancake, but if I had my choice I'd say defense."

This summer is going to be very busy for Jamie, as several major league baseball teams have asked him to tryout, but Jamie does envision that he'll likely end up playing football in the future.

"I'm going to tryout because they invited me. We'll see what happens," said Cumbie.

"I've talked to coach Weis about it. Baseball crossed my mind in college," he said. "I'm probably going to concentrate on lifting and playing football. I might consider it, but I think I'll focus on football.

"It's going to be a very tough decision. I have a lot to think about over the next couple months. I'm done taking unofficial visits and I'll probably decide toward the end of summer.

If Cumbie's decision does come to football it will likely be either Notre Dame or Clemson, a recruiting battle we don't see very often.

Jamie had discussed what impressed him about Notre Dame, so I asked him what drew him to Clemson.

"I grew up with Clemson," he responded. "Playing for Clemson is something I've wanted to do since I can remember. I miss being around my friends and you can't go wrong with the weather.

"But moving up hear has done so much for me," he added. "Notre Dame has so much to offer, it would be difficult to turn all that down. I just know I have a lot to think about."

Comment: As I mentioned, there aren't a lot of recruiting battles that come down to Notre Dame and Clemson, but it appears as if that will be the case with Jamie. He appears to be torn at this time, but the decision doesn't seem to be a burden. I think he sees a lot of positives in either choice. I really think he would be very happy at either school, and either school will be very lucky to land this talented athlete.


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