Cumberland Says OSU Has Offered

Columbus Brookhaven junior Jeff Cumberland is a versatile athlete who plays tight end and defensive end in football and is also a standout on the Bearcats' basketball team. Click here for an update on this standout prospect.

Columbus Brookhaven junior tight end/defensive end Jeff Cumberland told that he has received a scholarship offer from Ohio State.

The 6-6, 220-pound Cumberland is considered one of the state's top 20 junior prospects by Ohio High magazine. He was a member of Brookhaven's historic Division II state championship team this past fall as well as a member of the Bearcats' Division I state final four basketball team from a year ago.

"I want to play tight end and that's where most of them are recruiting me, as a tight end," Cumberland said. "I played a little defense last year, but I mostly played on offense."

Cumberland said he has been hearing from Miami (Fla.), Ohio State, Minnesota, Clemson, Oklahoma, Indiana, Maryland, Florida and Illinois.

"I have offers from Ohio State, Minnesota and Illinois," Cumberland said. "Ohio State offered me about a week ago. It was (OSU assistant) Luke Fickell.

"Right now, my top three would be Ohio State, Miami and Minnesota."

It should be noted that Brookhaven sent three players – linebacker Alex Daniels and defensive backs Keith Massey and Dominic Jones – to Minnesota on signing day in February. Cumberland and Daniels are good friends.

Cumberland had one catch for 15 yards and also threw a 49-yard wingback option pass in Brookhaven's 42-21 state championship win over Avon Lake. The Bearcats wrapped up a perfect 15-0 season.

He had seven points in a district semifinal win over Reynoldsburg Monday. Brookhaven (19-4) will go for its sixth straight district championship when it plays Dublin Coffman at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Ohio Expo Center Coliseum.

"I'd like to play both sports," Cumberland said. "I would take a scholarship and maybe walk on and play basketball, too. When this season is done, I'm going to hit the weight room. I'm also going to run track. I plan to hit quite a few camps. I'm going to a Nike Camp in California and will probably camp at Michigan and several others."

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